The Role of Orthognathic Surgery in Treating Facial Trauma

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Facial trauma can result from various causes, such as car accidents, sports injuries, falls, or physical assaults. It can lead to significant physical and emotional trauma, and in severe cases, it can cause facial disfigurement or functional problems that can affect a person's quality of life.  

One of the treatment options for facial trauma is oral surgery in Plantation, which can help restore the function and appearance of the face. We'll discuss the role of orthognathic surgery in treating facial trauma.


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Indications for Orthognathic Surgery in Facial Trauma

Orthognathic surgery can be indicated for patients with facial trauma who have malocclusions, functional problems, or aesthetic concerns. The evaluation of facial fractures involves assessing the severity and location of the fracture and determining the extent of damage to the facial structures.  

Besides correcting malocclusions that result from facial trauma, such as a misaligned jaw or uneven bite, orthognathic surgery can improve breathing, chewing, and speaking problems resulting from facial trauma. Finally, orthognathic surgery can improve the aesthetic appearance of the face, which can help improve a person's self-esteem and confidence.

Surgical Techniques for Orthognathic Surgery in Facial Trauma

  • Plate and Screw Fixation. This technique uses metal plates and screws to stabilize the facial bones.  
  • Intermaxillary Fixation. This procedure uses wires or rubber bands to hold the jaws in a fixed position while the bones heal.  
  • Open Reduction and Internal Fixation. This surgical procedure uses incisions to realign and stabilize the facial bones.  
  • LeFort Osteotomy. This surgical technique involves cutting the upper jaw bone and moving it forward, backward, or downward.  
  • Mandibular Osteotomy. This technique involves cutting the lower jaw bone and repositioning it.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery in Facial Trauma

  • Prevents Long-Term Complications

Orthognathic surgery helps prevent long-term complications, including speech problems, difficulty chewing, and chronic pain, by restoring facial function and aesthetics.

  • Boosts Oral Health and Hygiene

Since orthognathic surgery corrects malocclusions that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease, it boosts oral health and hygiene.  

  • Improves the Quality of Life

Orthognathic surgery can improve the patient’s quality of life by restoring confidence and self-esteem.

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Considering Oral Surgery in Plantation?

At Oral Facial Reconstruction, we provide effective treatment options for patients with facial trauma. Contact us today to make an appointment.