Many dental issues including overbites, underbites, and teeth crowding can be treated using traditional methods such as braces and Invisalign. However, there are some cases where skeletal or structural irregularities are best addressed by a more invasive approach to treatment. In those situations, our office may suggest orthognathic surgery.
Understanding orthognathic surgery
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is performed when problems with teeth and bite alignment cannot be corrected through traditional orthodontic treatments. While the word “surgery” may sound complex, in fact, many orthognathic surgeries are performed as routine, in-office procedures. For example, wisdom teeth removal is considered a very common type of orthognathic surgery that can be performed in as little as 45 minutes!
What types of dental professionals perform orthognathic surgery?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform orthognathic surgeries. These surgeons have completed four years of dental school, and four additional years in a hospital-based residency program. In addition to advanced training, these professionals are also the only medical practitioners besides anesthesiologists who can administer all levels of sedation and general anesthesia.
Who is a good candidate for orthognathic surgery?
Generally, patients who have tooth misalignment, jaw issues, or facial asymmetry problems that cause difficulty chewing, talking, sleeping, or carrying on routine activities, may benefit from having orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery can also address certain cosmetic concerns and medical conditions, including:
· Protruding jaws
· Congenital defects such as cleft palate
· Unbalanced facial features
· Open bite, protruding jaw or receding chin
· Malocclusions (bite problems)
· Obstructive Sleep Apnea
· Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
If you experience difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing, have speech problems, chronic jaw or TMJ pain, you may be a good candidate for orthognathic surgery.
Prioritizing your smile and your oral health
Our office offers various treatment options to effectively address the health and cosmetic concerns that arise from misaligned teeth and/or jaws. Orthognathic surgery is proven to address a number of health issues, while also restoring the functionality of your smile.
If you have more questions and are wondering if orthognathic surgery is right for you, contact our office for a consultation. Our Lakewood oral surgeon can provide you with a thorough exam and explore the best treatment options for your specific symptoms and concerns.