What is Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is used to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dental specialist that focuses on surgically treating complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull.
If surgical orthodontics is required, Dr. Ron Hessamfar will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the best possible care.
When might surgical orthodontics be needed?
The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. Surgical orthodontics may be used to treat adults once jaw growth stops, typically by age 16 in females and 18 in males. Orthodontic braces will be used to move their teeth into their proper position and the oral surgeon will be able to align the jaws properly in surgery.
How do I know if I need orthognathic surgery?
At your initial exam, Dr. Hessamfar will determine if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of your treatment. Depending on the severity of your case and the alignment of your jaw, you may or may not need surgery. All options will be presented and thoroughly discussed.
How does orthognathic surgery work?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform the surgery in a hospital. This procedure can take several hours depending on the severity of the case. We recommend you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. This process can take up to few weeks.
After your jaw has healed, the orthodontist will continue on with your braces to detail your teeth. In most cases, braces are removed after 6 to 12 months after surgery. To maintain your smile, Dr. Hessamfar will recommend you wearing a retainer on a scheduled regimen.
What are the risks associated?
As with any major surgery, there may be certain risks involved with orthognathic surgery. However, this procedure is not new, it has been performed by doctors for many years. Any further question that you may have in this regard, it can be answered in detail at the consultation with your surgeon.