Learn About Surgical Orthodontics
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment we use to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities and malocclusion.
Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialties, and it focuses on treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face and skull.
If you need surgical orthodontics, Dr. Bennett will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best care possible.
Reasons for Surgical Orthodontics
Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults with improper bites or other aesthetic concerns. Typically, jaw growth stops by age 16 in females and 18 in males.
In order to receive orthognathic surgery, the jaw must be done growing. You may need surgical orthodontics if your jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone.
Orthognathic surgery will help properly align the jaw, and orthodontic braces will then be used to move your teeth into their proper position.
Talk to Dr. Bennett
Dr. Bennett can tell you if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment.
Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery.
How Orthognathic Surgery Works
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform your orthognathic surgery, and the surgery will take place in a hospital. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period.
Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, your orthodontist will once again fine-tune your bite.
After surgery, you will have to wear braces, and most braces are removed within six to 12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to help maintain your new smile.
Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
For many patients, the most important reward of having orthognathic surgery is achieving a beautiful, healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.
Whether you need orthodontic treatment to correct a bad bite, malocclusion, or jaw abnormality, orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come.
Risks With Orthognathic Surgery
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery.
However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it's been performed for many years in practices and hospitals.
If you're concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact us and let us know.
Your comfort is important to us, and we're happy to answer any questions and provide you with any additional information.