Orthognathic surgery is needed when the upper and/or lower jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury or trauma to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated :
- difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- speech problems
- chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- open bite
- protruding jaw
- breathing problems
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete clinical examination with x-rays and ct scans. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask Dr. Delgado& Dr. Kuzmik any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision together whether or not to proceed with treatment together.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Delgado & Dr. Kuzmik use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial cat scans we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This will help you understand the surgical process, the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of orthognathic surgery.
If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Delgado & Dr. Kuzmik will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that will result in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.