Posted on 2/7/2022 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
The frail balance between the soft and hard tissues of the jaw is caused by the basic movements of the jaw joint. For example, chewing, speaking, and other basic tasks involve bones, nerves, muscle and cartilage. This makes the jaw joint a very complicated part of the body, which means complications can occur. Orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is recommended to correct these issues.
Corrective jaw surgery, commonly referred to as orthognathic surgery, is a procedure that corrects the various complications of the jaw joint, both upper and lower, as the patient needs. Corrective jaw surgery corrects teeth grinding, sleep apnea, speech and chewing problems, misalignment of the facial features, jaw positioning issues, and TMJ dysfunction.
How to qualify for corrective jaw surgery
Orthognathic surgery is recommended for patients suffering from jaw joint conditions that require invasive surgical procedures. This procedure is ideal when non-invasive surgical procedures have proven abortive or inadmissible given the disposition of the patient's jaw condition.
Patients with misaligned jaws and teeth with esteem issues and uncomfortable jaw movements or suffering from the conditions above ideal for corrective jaw surgery. Ideal candidates are also fit in good general body and mental health to undergo surgery. Candidates should also be ready and comfortable with the risks of the surgery, for example, bleeding, numbness, or infection. Good general health helps the patient recover smoothly post-operation.
An ideal candidate will also have completed the required orthodontic procedures, as the surgery is the final step in treatment. Candidates also need to undergo some lifestyle changes before the surgery to avoid complications in healing, for example, quitting smoking for active smokers. Finally, the right candidate for the surgery requires to have been recommended for the operation by the orthodontist or maxillofacial surgeon.
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