Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, is a specialized procedure performed to address misalignment issues in the upper jaw (maxilla) and/or lower jaw (mandible). This comprehensive treatment approach involves a multi-step process that typically begins with orthodontic preparation, followed by the surgical correction of jaw discrepancies, and concludes with a period of post-surgical recovery and additional orthodontic refinement.
Jaw bone problems can be classified as either congenital, meaning present at birth, or acquired later in life due to injuries or other medical conditions affecting the jaw. Congenital jaw problems may manifest as individual issues such as overbites or can be associated with overarching medical conditions like Treacher Collins syndrome.
Common examples of congenital jaw problems include crossbite, underbite, open bite, and cleft lip and palate. These conditions can have significant impacts on both the function and aesthetics of the jaw, affecting an individual’s ability to speak, chew, and maintain proper oral health.
In addition to congenital factors, jaw problems can also arise from injuries or medical conditions. Facial fractures, cysts and tumors, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ) are examples of such conditions that can result in jaw abnormalities and require corrective intervention.
Orthognathic surgery offers a viable solution for individuals with these jaw-related concerns. By carefully planning and precisely repositioning the jaw bones, this procedure aims to restore proper alignment, balance facial proportions, and improve overall oral function. Orthodontic treatment is typically an integral part of the process, as it helps to prepare the teeth and ensure optimal results from the surgical intervention.
It is important to note that orthognathic surgery is not a singular event but rather a comprehensive treatment journey. Prior to surgery, a thorough evaluation will be conducted to assess the individual’s specific needs and develop a personalized treatment plan. This plan may involve a period of orthodontic preparation to align the teeth and create an optimal foundation for the surgical phase. Following the surgery, a recovery period of several months is necessary to allow for proper healing and adaptation of the jaw. Subsequent orthodontic adjustments may be required to fine-tune the bite and optimize the final outcome.
At Uppal Dental Clinic, our experienced team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons, along with orthodontic specialists, collaboratively work together to provide exceptional care throughout the entire orthognathic surgery process. We utilize advanced diagnostic imaging and treatment techniques to ensure precise planning and deliver successful outcomes for our patients.
If you are experiencing jaw misalignment or related concerns, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our skilled professionals at Uppal Dental Clinic. We will assess your condition, discuss treatment options, and guide you through the journey of orthognathic surgery, aiming to enhance both the function and aesthetics of your jaw, ultimately improving your overall quality of life.