Orthognathic surgery is surgery performed to correct conditions of the jaw and face or major skeletal and dental irregularities. It helps to treat TMJ, malocclusion, and sleep apnea – conditions that orthodontic treatment cannot easily remedy.
It can also help with:
- Chewing and biting difficulties
- Swallowing problems
- Excessive teeth wear
- Bad bites
- Receding jaw
- Protruding jaw
- Chronic difficulty in breathing through the mouth
The secondary benefit of jaw surgery is dramatically enhancing the patient’s appearance.
How Orthognathic Surgery Works
Also called corrective jaw surgery, the procedure involves cutting and realigning the affected bones, then holding them in place with plates or screws.
At St. Johns Orthodontics, Dr. Jason Ouellette performs orthognathic surgery on the upper or lower jaw, depending on the desired corrections. During the surgery, the jaws will be wired together using wires made of stainless steel. Often, the procedure does not require any cutting of skin; the surgeon may simply access the bones through the patient’s mouth. The surgery is often done under general anesthesia.
Before the procedure, we use digital imaging technology, which minimizes treatment time and recovery period, while increasing surgery efficiency.
Post-Corrective Jaw Surgery
We may recommend orthodontic treatment in conjunction with orthognathic surgery to align the teeth properly.
In addition, we usually put patients on an all-liquid diet due to the nature of the surgery. This is very important, so as not to interrupt the healing process. The healing period can only be a few weeks if it is a minor orthognathic surgery; for major treatments, however, the treatment time could be up to a year.
If you think you need orthognathic surgery, schedule an initial consultation with St. Johns Orthodontics’ Dr. Ouellette.
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