When teeth don’t meet correctly as a result of a dental problem, an orthodontist may be able to utilize braces to correct the issue. But sometimes there is a discrepancy in jaw growth which leads to a misalignment of the dental arches. The result of this difference is both a functional dental problem and facial imbalance. Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a surgical procedure in which the jaw bones are realigned to correct the misalignment.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
Misaligned jaws can cause a number of problems inside the mouth and to the facial structure, including
- The inability to properly chew and grind food
- Digestive problems
- Poor oral hygiene
- Dental crowding
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Shorter tooth lifespan
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- The inability to fully close the lips
- Heavy breathing
- Impaired speech function
- Poor facial aesthetics
Many of these problems can have serious consequences on the overall health of the mouth and face. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that irregularities of the jaw are diagnosed and treated early in order to temper the risks of this condition.
What are the benefits of orthognathic surgery?
While the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the functional problem with the jaw, this procedure also results in improved facial appearance and balance. Patients who opt to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to see a multitude of benefits, including
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
- Minimal treatment time
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will permit a thorough workup using X-ray films and study models. Once a diagnosis has been reached, you will be informed of the details of the pre- surgical treatment required (usually braces) and the surgery itself.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
The team at Fort Lauderdale Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery use thorough diagnostic techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be performed. Such a comprehensive approach will show how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how facial contours may change after surgery. Our efforts are directed to helping you understand the surgical process and the extent of the necessary treatment, as well as the benefits of treatment. If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, Dr. Hernandez will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during treatment to restore your oral function and appearance.