Orthognathic surgery, also commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is a treatment that is designed to treat a variety of different dental and facial skeletal issues. The term orthognathic comes from the Greek orthos, which means to straighten, and gnathic, which is related to the jaw. Orthognathic surgery covers some different procedures from wisdom tooth extraction to facial reconstruction. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we perform orthognathic surgery, restoring your oral health and proper function of your mouth.
Why Orthognathic Surgery?
Issues with the alignment of your teeth, your jaws, or suffering from other jaw issues can have some pretty serious effects on your daily life. You might find it difficult, even excruciating, to bite and chew food. Your speech may be affected. Even your quality of sleep can be impacted by issues with your jaw.
When your jaws or teeth are giving you trouble, a thorough oral exam is completed. During this exam, your mouth is visually examined, and images such as x-rays are taken. Your exam is done to diagnose the cause of your issues and develop a treatment plan. If no other treatment options have proven effective in restoring your oral health and your quality of life, you may then be recommended for orthognathic surgery. Issues of orthognathic surgery can correct include:
Getting Orthognathic Surgery
After determining that orthognathic surgery is the best course of action for your needs, we create a treatment plan and move ahead with your procedure. Orthognathic surgery begins with a local anesthetic, which ensures that you do not feel pain, and sedation, which helps you to relax. Depending upon your specific procedure, we may also recommend general anesthesia.
The exact length of time that your orthognathic surgery takes depends on the type of work being completed. In general, most surgical procedures take anywhere from an hour to several hours to complete. Incisions are made in your soft tissues to gain access to your jaw. From there, bone may be added, removed, or reshaped. Wires or plates and screws may be added for jaw stabilization. After the completion of your surgical procedure, the site is thoroughly cleaned, and your surgical wounds are stitched closed.
The Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
There are some different benefits associated with orthognathic surgery.
With orthognathic surgery, we can help to restore not just your oral health, but your overall health and your quality of life as well. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today.
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