Orthognathic surgery is a type of oral surgery that is performed by an oral surgeon. It involves placing a patient under anesthesia then cutting and rearranging the jawbone to improve or correct its position. The surgery is usually performed if orthodontic treatments are unsuccessful or the patient’s condition can’t be treated with orthodontic methods.
Do I need orthognathic surgery?
If you are suffering from pain or discomfort due to the result of a misaligned jaw, facial injury or abnormality then orthognathic surgery will be recommended for you. This can be discussed with your doctor or dentist to determine the correct course of action at which point they may refer you to an oral surgery such as ourselves.
The whole treatment process with orthognathic surgery can take over 12 to 18 months from the time of preparation with braces to the actual surgery and recovery time. If you are having difficulty eating, breathing, closing your mouth entirely, have an abnormal amount of wear on your teeth or facial abnormalities then the process of orthognathic surgery can help relieve the discomfort or pain you may be experiencing.