What is Orthognathic Surgery?
The goal of orthognathic surgery is improving the alignment of the jaw. Orthognathic surgery can improve the bite and function of a jawbone that has undergone poor development or physical trauma. Orthognathic surgery often involves a preliminary period of orthodontic treatment. The surgery itself is often performed in the hospital. The patient is usually discharged the first day after the surgery. After orthognathic surgery, the patient should soften their diet for four to six weeks.
Do I Qualify for Orthognathic Surgery?
Sometimes, jawbones grow and mature incorrectly, leaving problems with function and appearance. They can become disproportionate in size and shape and cannot fix themselves. Some of the reasons that an individual may become a candidate for orthognathic surgery include the following:
- Unfavorable growth due to genetics
- Past physical trauma to the jaw
- Abnormal or excessive growth of the jawbone from unknown causes
- Tumors or diseases
Unfortunately, these causes can result in future problems like:
- Negatively impacted aesthetic
- The inability to chew food properly
- Painful spasms of the muscles around the jaw
- TMJ (jawbone joint problems inducing migraines, pain, and other symptoms)
- Impaired speech
- Gum disease
- Tooth fracture
- Tooth loss
As you can see, it is important to make sure the function and bite of your jaw is on the right track. Sometimes the best way to do this is with orthognathic surgery.
Results of Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery has been going on for years, and the results have proven to be stable, predictable, and extremely beneficial. Improving the alignment, function, and appearance of the jawbone will make your life easier, boost your self esteem, and brighten your future.
If you think that orthognathic surgery may improve your health and enrich your life, give us a call at Glauser-Williams Orthodontics. We will schedule your appointment so that you can talk more with one of our dental professionals about your condition.