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What Is Orthognathic Surgery and What Can It Correct?

Posted on 2/22/2021 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
What Is Orthognathic Surgery and What Can It Correct?One of the services we provide is orthognathic surgery. Many patients want to know more about the procedure and what it corrects.

How Orthognathic Surgery Helps Some Oral Surgery Patients

In simple terms, orthognathic surgery is the technical name given to corrective jaw surgery. We move the bones of the lower and/or upper jaws to create a better bite during this procedure. In some instances, we may need to shorten or lengthen the jaw bone to achieve the best results. Orthognathic surgery not only corrects a patient's dentition, but it can also significantly improve his or her facial profile. If the teeth meet as they should, you will experience fewer problems with conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) or with the wear-and-tear of the teeth. If misalignment is a problem, some of the teeth can wear down faster. Many patients report that they no longer suffer from TMD-related headache or neck pain after the surgery.

Do You Need Orthognathic Surgery?

Suppose the placement of your bite is interfering with eating or chewing your food, or you have not experienced any relief from TMD. In that case, you may be advised to schedule orthognathic surgery. We often combine this surgery with orthodontic care, so many of our patients have been referred to us by their orthodontist. If your TMD is not mild or has severe bite issues, this type of intervention will often provide the solution you need to achieve a healthier bite and smile. The surgery itself has been proven to be safe and effective. We use general anesthesia during the procedure to keep the patient comfortable. We also recommend pain relief for after-surgery care. Most patients go through the process with few, if any, complaints.

Do you believe you need corrective jaw surgery? If so, contact our office now to schedule an appointment for a consultation. If you have been contemplating orthodontic care or the procedure for some time, you need to find out what is involved to ensure better future oral health and a lower incidence of pain.

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Madison, WI 53713

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