Are you looking for a solution to improve your facial structure and function? Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, has been used to transform the appearance and functions of individuals with congenital or acquired issues. Through orthognathic surgery, dento-facial deformities can be corrected resulting in improved appearance, breathing abilities, and speech. With advances in technology, modern treatments provide effective ways to correct difficult disorders that would have once required extensive reconstructive work. Whether you are seeking improvement from an inherited condition or due to trauma-induced changes over time â€“ get ready to learn about the benefits of orthognathic surgery!Â
First and foremost, orthognathic surgery can improve facial symmetry. It is effective in addressing issues related to improper jaw alignments such as bite misalignment, dental crowding or protrusion, and asymmetrical jaws or teeth that donâ€™t meet properly. In addition to improving the appearance of your face, this type of surgery can also correct functional problems such as difficulty speaking or chewing food due to a misaligned bite.Â
Orthognathic surgery can help reduce airway obstruction caused by constricted upper airways. This type of procedure not only helps you breathe better but may also help you sleep soundly at night! Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that occurs when the throat muscles relax and interfere with regular breathing during sleep. Orthognathic surgery can help reduce airway obstruction, leading to improved sleep quality.Â
By correcting the underlying issues of malocclusion, orthognathic surgery can also improve dental health. A misaligned bite can lead to tooth decay and gum disease as food particles become trapped in areas that are difficult to clean. These conditions often require additional treatments such as root canal or periodontal surgery to restore dental health. By addressing the underlying cause of malocclusion, orthognathic surgery helps prevent these consequences from occurring in the first place!
In terms of the process of the surgery, it typically begins with an initial consultation with your orthodontist. During this visit, the orthodontist will take a comprehensive examination of the patientâ€™s face to determine if orthognathic surgery would be beneficial. Next, x-rays and other imaging scans may also be taken for further assessment. After the evaluation is complete, the orthodontist will then discuss treatment options and explain the expected outcomes of the procedure.Â
The next step in the process is to schedule preoperative appointments with both an oral surgeon and an orthodontist prior to surgery. The oral surgeon will examine the patientâ€™s facial structure, discuss surgery goals with them, and create a surgical plan tailored to their individual needs. The orthodontist will then design customized appliances that can be used during and after the surgery to ensure proper alignment.Â
Once the patient is ready for surgery, they will need to meet with the oral surgeon again before their procedure. During this appointment, they will go over any additional instructions regarding care or medications. Additionally, they may receive preoperative sedation in order to make them comfortable during their procedure. Finally, patients should plan on taking time off work and school due to potential discomfort from the surgery and follow-up appointments. But once a patient has fully recovered from orthognathic surgery, they can begin enjoying the benefits of improved facial structure, symmetry, and function.Â
With a combination of highly skilled surgeons and state-of-the-art technology, orthognathic surgery has been found to be incredibly successful in the treatment of facial deformities. If youâ€™re considering this type of surgery, make sure to speak to a qualified professional who can help you understand if it is the right option for you. At Nova Surgical Arts, we can help you decide if this type of surgery is right for you. Contact us today to schedule your appointment! We offer a full scope of oral, reconstructive, and cosmetic surgery & procedures.