Orthognathic Orthodontics and Jaw Surgery

The Precision of Corrective Jaw Procedures

Who Can Benefit From Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery?

Orthognathic Surgery Assessment

People who have problems related to the jaws, tooth alignment and facial asymmetries, which create difficulties chewing, talking, sleeping, or carrying on routine activities, may benefit from having orthognathic orthodontics and jaw surgery.

These procedures can also be used to correct aesthetic issues, such as a protruding jaw, a congenital defect, or an unbalanced facial appearance.

After a thorough examination at our office, Dr. Bourne would work closely with an oral & maxillofacial surgeon to determine if you are a candidate for orthognathic treatment..

In general, if orthodontic treatment can solve the problem, that’s where you will start. Yet, while orthodontics can successfully align the teeth, it’s sometimes the jaws themselves that need to be brought into line.

In most cases, orthodontic appliances, such as braces and retainers, will be used before and after the surgical phase of treatment, to ensure that you end up with an effective — and aesthetically pleasing — result.

Conditions that can be successfully treated with corrective orthognathic surgery include the following:

  • Open bite, protruding jaw or receding chin
  • Congenital defects such as a cleft palate
  • Malocclusions (bite problems) resulting from underbites or severe overbites
  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea, when more conservative methods fail
  • Difficulty swallowing, chewing, or biting food
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • Facial trauma

Understanding The Surgical Procedure

Orthognathic surgery is a transformative procedure designed to correct imbalances in the jaw structure, improve bite alignment, and enhance facial aesthetics. This complex surgery isn’t just about improving appearance; it’s pivotal for better function and health.

The journey to and through orthognathic surgery typically unfolds in three main steps:

  • Consultation and Planning:

    This initial phase involves thorough assessments by Dr. Bourne. Advanced imaging techniques, like 3D X-rays, are utilized to create a detailed surgical plan tailored to the patient’s specific anatomical needs in close collaboration with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

  • Pre-Surgical Orthodontics:

    Before the surgery, patients may undergo orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to align their teeth correctly. This step can take several months and is crucial for ensuring the teeth will fit together properly after the jaw is repositioned.

  • The Surgical Procedure:

    During the surgery, the surgeon makes cuts in the jawbones and moves them into the correct position. This is often done inside the mouth to minimize visible scarring. After the bones are aligned, they are held in place with screws and plates.

    The surgery can take several hours, and the patient will typically stay in the hospital for a couple of days for monitoring.

Following surgery, there is a recovery period where the patient will follow a specific diet and gradually return to normal activities as healing progresses.

The final outcome is a functional bite and an improved facial structure, leading to enhanced quality of life and, often, a boost in self-confidence.

Orthognathic Surgery Assessment

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