When Is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?

When Is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?

Parrish Orthodontics provides surgical orthodontics services. Also known as orthognathic surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the nine recognized dental specialities focused on treating complex craniofacial cases involving the mouth, jaw, face and skull. 

When is Surgical Orthodontics Required

Orthognathic surgery is a treatment for adults with improper bites or aesthetic concerns. Surgical orthodontics is used to correct severe cases such as:

  • Bad bites
  • Jaw bone abnormalities
  • Malocclusions or misalignment of teeth

The treatment for adults since jaw growth stops at age 16 in females and 18 in males. So the jaw must be done growing in order for patients to receive orthognathic surgery. This is for when the jaws do not line up correctly and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. After orthognathic surgery helps properly align jaws, orthodontic braces will be used to help move the teeth into proper position. 

For patients who need surgical orthodontic treatment, Dr. Parrish will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure they get the best care possible.

Corrective Jaw Surgery Preparations

Orthognathic surgery is also known as corrective jaw surgery or simply jaw surgery. Prior to surgery, x-rays will be taken to determine the deformity and will determine the plan of procedures. In most cases, orthodontists prescribe braces for the patient’s teeth before surgery. They will be on for 12-18 months beforehand to level and align the teeth in preparation for the operation. 

The whole process requires careful coordination between the maxillofacial or oral surgeon and orthodontist to ensure that the jaw and teeth will properly align after surgery. The surgery itself will usually use general anesthesia. 

Signs You Need Orthognathic Surgery

Think you need orthognathic surgery? During a consultation, orthodontists can tell if orthognathic surgery is needed as part of a patient’s treatment plan. Of course, determining treatment will be a collaborative process to ensure each patient’s unique needs are met. Treatment plans are tailored and individualized, and depending on the severity of the case and jaw alignment. 

The Surgical Orthodontics Process

The procedure usually takes place in a hospital and operations can take several hours. Once surgery is complete, patients will need a 2-week rest period. As orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, it is recommended patients schedule some time away from work or school during recovery. 

After the jaw is healed, the orthodontist will “fine tune” a patient’s bite. After surgery, braces will be worn up to 6-12 months. Then a retainer will help maintain their new smile.

Orthognathic Surgery Benefits

After the treatment process, patients will be rewarded with benefits including:

  • Balanced and improved appearance of lower face
  • Improved teeth function
  • Health benefits due to improved chewing, swallowing, breathing and sleep
  • Improvement in speech impediments 

They will also have beautiful, healthy smiles that will last their whole lives. Whether the orthodontic treatment is for bad bites, malocclusions or jaw abnormalities, patients will have their confidence restored and they will be smiling beautifully afterwards. 

Wrap Up

Correcting orthodontic issues is not just for teenagers and it isn’t just braces and retainers. Surgery may be necessary and patients include people of all ages who need treatment for misaligned teeth or jaws. With these treatments, Parrish Orthodontics helps patients young and old get the beautiful smiles they deserve so they can live confidently.