Conditions That May Require Orthognathic Surgery
If you are dealing with oral pain, you may have a condition that will require Orthognathic Surgery also known as jaw correction surgery or surgical orthodontics. Corrective jaw surgery can help improve a patients quality of life if they are experiencing difficulty breathing, chewing, or speaking.
Orthognathic Surgery helps patients by correcting skeletal and dental issues that cause functional problems and misalignment of the jaw. Keep reading to learn more about Orthognathic Surgery and whether it may be right for you.
Mandibular advancement means that you have an under-developed lower jaw. This creates an overbite. With Orthognathic Surgery, incisions are made so that the jaws can be properly aligned to correct the overbite and help return proper function to the jaw.
Mandibular setback means that your upper-jaw is under-developed. This also causes you to have an underbite. Much like with a mandibular advancement, the goal of surgery is to align the jaws to correct your bite and improve the function of your jaw.
Maxillary advancement creates a particular form of underbite that’s known as a crossbite. During Orthognathic Surgery, the incisions for this condition is usually made in the mouth on the upper jaw near where it would line up with the eye sockets.
Maxillary setback creates a form of overbite that’s known as an overjet. This surgery actually isn’t as common as a mandibular setback although they may seem similar to you as a patient. With maxillary setback, overjet is caused by the fact that the lower jaw simply did not grow enough.
An open bite is known as maxillary impaction. The objective of surgical orthodontics is to correct the space between the front and back teeth when you bite down. Bone from the upper jaw is removed and placed higher in order to help correct the problem. The lower jaw is repositioned as well.
A gummy smile means that when you smile there is a large amount of your gums exposed when compared with others. With orthognathic surgery, a portion of the upper jaw bone may be moved and placed higher in order to pull the gums up and lessen the amount of gum that is displayed when you smile.
Chin advancement is used for patients who have a weak jaw line. This can be used to do more than strengthen the jaw line. It can also be used to help fix the bite of the patient. Depending on the initial diagnosis, you may not need further orthodontic treatment after this procedure.
If you or someone you love is interested in orthognathic surgery to help correct any of these issues, please call our experienced Buffalo orthodontists at any of our five WNY locations to receive a complimentary orthodontic screening.
At Orthodontists Associates of Western New York, our reputation as a leader in orthodontic care is based on one thing… Making a Healthy and Beautiful Smile. We believe that a beautiful, healthy smile is an asset to any patient. This is because a beautiful smile helps promote self-esteem, self-confidence and self-image.
Orthodontic treatment brings the face, lips and teeth into proper proportion, as well as correcting problems with the occlusion (the way the teeth come together when the jaws close). Well-aligned teeth are easier to clean, creating better overall oral hygiene, thereby increasing the chances that your beautiful smile will last a lifetime. Furthermore, studies have shown that a healthier mouth can lead to a healthier YOU!
Contact us today for orthognathic surgery and let our experience work for you.
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