09 Jan What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a procedure performed by an oral surgeon where the objective is to correct abnormalities in the bone structure of the upper and lower mandibles and/or issues that affect the way these bones line up during oral function. This oral surgery may be necessary for patients of all ages who have developed a malocclusion (improper bite) due to misaligned jaws, birth defects, growth and development abnormalities, facial trauma, or malfunctioning/damaged temporomandibular joints (TMJs).
When is orthognathic surgery necessary?
Usually, orthognathic surgery is necessary when the alignment and positioning of the jawbones threatens a person’s quality of life and oral health. Misaligned jawbones and abnormalities that affect their positioning in the TMJs can cause great discomfort on a daily basis in the form of orofacial pain and headaches. Misaligned or abnormal jawbones can create difficulty eating by affecting the TMJs’ abilities to open and close the mouth in smooth, comfortable motions.
How can I improve my post-operative experience?
When performing any oral surgery, our practice will provide helpful information on what to expect during and after treatment. We will also give our guests information packets that contain relevant information on diet restrictions and pain management. Of course, our staff and our doctor are available for questions during consultations and after treatment. We strive to help our patients enjoy the highest quality of life possible after treatment.
Why visit an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist who performs a number of procedures and treatments that increase the comfort and function of the lower half of the face and entire oral cavity. An OMS has a standard DDS along with additional education and training to practice as a specialist. Those who practice as an OMS must be board certified as well, a credential that requires rigorous testing.
In many instances, an OMS works with dentists and orthodontists to coordinate treatment since orthognathic surgery might preclude orthodontic treatment and the placement of restorations.
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