Prosthodontist and Implantologist
Orthognathic surgery is also called jaw surgery that helps align your upper and lower jaws. If your jaws are not properly aligned, it can affect your bite and make it difficult for you to eat and speak.
Orthognathic surgery is not a single event. It is a process that involves teeth preparation for your surgery, the jaw surgery itself, recovery and remaining orthodontic treatment for upto a year.
It can also make a person's smile and facial profile look better.Orthognathic surgery aims to fix the functional issues caused by jaw problems.
When is orthognathic surgery or jaw surgery recommended?
Orthognathic surgery is recommended for treating the following problems :
Before the Procedure
During the Procedure
What are the most common orthognathic procedures performed?
Most common jaw surgeries are:
Le Fort I
This is a surgical operation of the upper jaw. In this procedure, the surgeon makes an incision above the teeth in the upper jaw bone. Following which, the upper jaw and teeth will then be moved forward and rotated to align properly with the lower teeth.
Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy (BSSO)
This is a surgical operation of the lower jaw. During this process, the surgeon makes incisions behind the lower molars in the lower jaw. The lower jaw can then be advanced and rotated to align with the upper jaw properly.
This is a surgical operation of the chin bone. This is frequently performed in conjunction with one of the preceding procedures to promote midline chin position and improved facial aesthetics.
After the Procedure
Recovery after surgery
Care at Medicover
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Frequently Asked Questions:
The procedure is considered safe for suitable candidates. But it’s important to keep in mind that it is a serious surgical procedure, which can involve a 3-4 day hospital stay.
You will be completely pain-free during the procedure because you will be under general anaesthesia. Some patients report mild discomfort following surgery, for which you will be given painkillers in recovery process.
Initial jaw healing typically takes about six weeks after surgery, but complete healing can take up to 12 weeks. After initial jaw healing at about six weeks, your orthodontist finishes aligning your teeth with braces.
When carried out by a skilled maxillofacial surgeon, these procedures are generally very safe to carry out. Few risks associated with surgery are blood loss, infection, nerve injury, and relapse of the jaw movement.
It could take 10-14 days after surgery. Try opening and closing your mouth in front of a mirror. You should be able to fit at least one finger between your teeth after ten days. This should progress to three fingers between your teeth.
You may begin brushing your teeth the day after your surgery. Initially, simply use a soft toothbrush and warm water. Brush after each meal and stay on the teeth and surrounding gums and avoid the incision sites.
The mandible is the moving jaw and therefore discomfort is precipitated with increasing movement, such as chewing, yawning, and talking. Reduction of these activities for the first few weeks following surgery alleviates the discomfort.
Most patients do not need to be wired or rubber banded closed for more than 2-3 weeks, and in many cases, even lesser time is required. It is difficult to eat, speak, or brush your teeth during this time. You must adjust to a liquid or pureed diet. During this period, some weight loss is normal.
The length of your orthognathic surgery is approximately two to three hours.
In order to undergo surgery, you must be at such an age that your jaws have stopped growing to achieve results which are not altered by bone growth. For girls, this usually means being 16 or older and for boys aged 18 and above. Orthognathic surgery can be performed on more mature adults as well, provided you are in good health and you are willing to commit to orthodontic treatment prior to surgery.