Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery) New Hyde Park, NY
Orthognathic surgery is needed when 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 a misaligned jaw. 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 to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ (jaw joint) pain
- Open bite (top and bottom front teeth not meeting)
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
The process of correction begins with a detailed examination, reading and measurements of specialized x-rays, and evaluation of dental models that show the present and planned jaw relationships.
Most often, once a diagnosis is established, treatment begins with some orthodontic movement of the teeth (braces) for a shorter length of time than in conventional, non-surgical treatment. After the teeth are positioned properly for the proposed procedure, surgery is accomplished in a hospital setting followed by a brief period of stay.
Improvement in chewing and jaw functions is the major benefit of the correction of misaligned teeth and bones. Cosmetic results, too, are often dramatic, yielding an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem.
The outcomes of orthognathic surgery are among the most positive and satisfying in the wide range of services offered by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon. For those affected, it is a wonderful option to consider.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, your doctor 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 results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Orthognathic Surgery Overview
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