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Has your doctor, dentist, or orthodontist recommended orthognathic surgery for your jaw problems? You’ll soon be smiling with the expert care of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons at North Carolina Specialty Hospital. But first, we can help you understand what orthognathic surgery is and how it can relieve you of your jaw or teeth issues.
What is orthognathic surgery?
As your orthognathic surgeon may have explained, orthognathic surgery is jaw surgery to correct irregularities of the upper and lower jawbones and realign the jaw and teeth to improve how they work. It is also used for jaw fractures and other medical conditions.
Depending on the reason for the surgery, your orthodontist may work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to coordinate the surgery and any pre- or post-surgery work, which may be extensive. In fact, jaw surgery is a long-term commitment. Many repairs take several years to come to fruition.
Why is orthognathic surgery needed?
Orthognathic surgery corrects or treats conditions including:
What will I experience when I undergo orthognathic surgery?
First, months before the surgery, you will go through a lot of pre-work, including X-rays, CT scans, and molds of your teeth. Next, you and your doctors will discuss what your expectations are from the surgery: For instance, do you have an image in mind for your appearance afterward? Which health problem are you addressing? You’ll talk with your health-care providers throughout the process to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding your treatment and results.
Unlike many surgeries, orthognathic surgery is often part of a multi-month or multi-year plan developed in collaboration with an orthodontist. This is most often the case with patients suffering from bite problems. In preparation for the surgery, the orthodontist places braces on the teeth 12 to 18 months before the surgery to align the teeth.
After recovery from the surgery, you may still need to wear braces for a period of time to finish the alignment. Finally, once the braces are removed, you likely will be fitted with a retainer that should be worn thereafter to keep teeth aligned.
About the orthognathic surgery itself:
The surgery and recovery will depend on your condition. Your orthognathic surgeon will explain the details more fully, but in general:
What is recovery like after orthognathic surgery?
While the recovery depends on the seriousness of the surgery, in most instances:
Our expert orthognathic surgeons provide the latest technologies in surgical intervention to correct and repair maxillofacial fractures, facial skeletal discrepancies, and orthodontic issues. You’ll also receive our dedicated patient-centric care in a state-of-the-art facility offering you every advantage. After all, we’ve been providing health care to North Carolinians since 1926. Bringing you the best care is our first priority—and you’ll see the difference from other health systems.
Jaw surgery is a big commitment. But when you’re ready, we’ll be ready for you. Meanwhile, you can read more about our oral and maxillofacial surgery here. Then, to request an appointment with one of our orthognathic surgeons, just start here. Or, contact us. We look forward to helping you smile again soon.
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