While you may not be familiar with orthognathic surgery, you have probably heard of jaw surgery, which is the more common term. Orthognathic surgery has helped many patients with stubborn jaw problems. Beaverton Oral Surgeons’s expert oral surgeons can help you decide if orthognathic surgery is right for you.
Orthognathic surgery is employed to help treat conditions affecting the jaw. The term does not refer to a specific surgery, but is actually an umbrella term for various surgeries that are all performed on the jaw. Incorrect development of the teeth or facial bones, dental trauma sustained during an accident, and congenital disorders like a cleft palate can all be remedied by orthognathic surgery.
How You Can Benefit From Orthognathic Surgery
While surgery is always carefully considered because of the impact it can have on the body, the conditions that require orthognathic surgery can often dramatically improve afterward. You may be an ideal candidate for this surgery if you have already undergone orthodontic treatment for a jaw problem, but your condition either did not improve or got worse again. Orthognathic surgery can help improve other conditions as well. Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea, a type of snoring that can have potentially severe health consequences, can see improvements with this surgery. Other patients might have trouble eating because of a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or a congenital condition. Thanks to orthognathic surgery, these patients can regain their ability to chew, bite, talk, and even breathe easily.
Orthognathic surgery is never an impromptu event. Usually it is part of a long-term correction, and you may prepare for the surgery months in advance by wearing braces or Invisalign®, or taking advantage of other orthodontic treatments. Before the surgery itself, we will provide you with all the information that you need, including any medications that might need to be taken beforehand, how long you can expect to stay, and whether further orthodontic treatments or other procedures will be required following the surgery.
Because orthognathic surgery is one of the more extensive and complex dental procedures that we perform, it is done at a hospital to ensure maximum safety and success of the treatment. One of our trained professionals will administer general anesthesia so you experience no or minimal discomfort. The surgeon then opens the area so the jawbone can be carefully and precisely moved into the right location. The bone will then be permanently set in place with plates, wires, and screws. The precise details of every surgery will differ depending on the condition being treated, but following most surgeries we will ask you to spend several days convalescing, usually no more than half a week, so we can keep a close eye on your recovery.
Interested in How Orthognathic Surgery Can Help You?
Orthognathic surgery can provide major health benefits for many patients dealing with severe or chronic oral health conditions. To find out if orthognathic surgery can benefit you, call Beaverton Oral Surgeons today at (971) 249-8370 for more information.