What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Posted on 7/26/2021 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
What is Orthognathic Surgery?The term orthognathic surgery might sound like some futuristic style of yoga, but it is not. It is a corrective surgery used to realign the jaw which in turn realigns the teeth. This procedure helps to cut down on improper wear of teeth and abnormal stress on the TMJ. It restores normal jaw function and alleviates the pain and discomfort associated with a misaligned jaw.

Orthognathic Surgery Facts

The end goal of this type of surgery is to restore the normal functionality of the patient's jaw. This ensures that the teeth are in alignment as well. This can greatly impact the patient's appearance and could potentially improve the way they speak. When the jaw is misaligned, it can make teeth restrict the tongue's movement, thereby changing the way the patient enunciates.

What Can Orthognathic Surgery Fix?

One of the most frequently addressed problems is an overbite. This occurs when the patient's upper teeth jut out over the bottom teeth. An underbite is the second most repaired issue. As you may imagine, this occurs when the lower teeth stick out further than the upper teeth. Certainly, orthodontic appliances such as braces or alignment trays can correct some of these issues but when the overbite or underbite or extreme, those solutions will not correct the problem, and orthognathic surgery is required.

For those patients suffering from obstructive sleep apnea where an excess of tissue or a growth of some kind is obstructing the airway, this surgical option can take care of this problem too.

The longer problems linger, the greater the potential for additional problems to occur. As with most any treatment, it is far more effective when the earlier it is started.

When is Orthognathic Surgery is Right?

For those problems that braces, and other orthodontic appliances cannot correct, orthognathic surgery is the answer. Though more drastic than braces, the surgery is quick and the effects immediately when our professionals develop the perfect treatment plan for you. Call us today for your consultation.
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