Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is surgery designed to correct conditions of the jaw and face. These can be related to structure, growth, TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, malocclusion problems, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. There are different types of orthognathic surgery, depending on which part of your jaw needs correcting. Let’s take a look at the different types of orthognathic surgery in Plantation.
Maxillary Osteotomy (Upper Jaw)
This type of surgery corrects a crossbite, significantly receded upper jaw, or when you have too many or too few teeth showing. During upper jaw surgery, the oral surgeon cuts the bone above your teeth so your jaw and upper teeth can be moved to fit properly with the lower teeth. Once the jaw has been realigned, the oral surgeon places tiny screws and plates to hold the bone in its new position.
Mandibular Osteotomy (Lower Jaw)
This procedure is done to correct a significantly reduced lower jaw. During lower jaw surgery, the surgeon makes cuts behind the molars and lengthwise down the jaw bone so the jawbone can easily slide to its new position. After that is done, it’s held in place with screws until it heals.
This procedure can be used to correct a receded jaw. With chin surgery, an oral surgeon cuts your chin bone and secures it in a new position.
Are You in Need of Orthognathic Surgery in Plantation?
At Oral Facial, we offer all three types of orthognathic procedures. Contact us today to learn more or to make a reservation.