Orthognathic surgery is an operation performed by an oral surgeon. It corrects irregularities of the bones of the face, particularly the jaws, that cause overbites, underbites and crossbites and other facial dysfunction. These irregularities can make it hard for people to sleep (moderate to severe sleep apnea due to a decrease in volume of the oral pharyngeal airway), chew (a malocclusion) and talk.
Orthognathic surgery rectifies these difficulties and, in combination with orthodontic therapy, will enhance the general look and function of the face. The surgery is performed on adults and teens after they’ve finished growing.
We at the office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery are committed to providing all of our patients with the excellent care and attention they deserve. During your consultation, your board-certified oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your facial anatomy and talk to you about which procedures would best remedy your situation. We’ll work with you to determine the optimal outcome, and you’ll receive personal attention and care throughout every step of the process.
The treatment starts off with evaluations by an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. The doctors take X-rays, models of the teeth, photos and facial measurements. They analyze the data, and a proposed treatment strategy is designed.
The braces are already in place when the patient is brought into the operating room and put under general anesthesia. The oral surgeon uses small titanium screws and plates to connect the shifted sections to the jaws. More simply, the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) are placed in their anatomically correct positions. This then gives the patient a proper bite, opening of the airway and facial balance.
The patient goes back to the orthodontist six to eight weeks after the surgery, which marks the beginning of the post-operative orthodontic phase to fine-tune and perfect the final obstruction.
The care you receive at the office of Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is focused on providing a comfortable and relaxing environment while giving you the best treatment possible from an experienced and skilled oral surgeon. Please contact us today for a consultation.
By Bellevue Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
July 28, 2021