Dr. Smith at Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants performs a broad scope of oral surgery procedures at his Grove City, OH, practice, including orthognathic surgery. Also known as corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery improves the function of the jaw and is recommended when other noninvasive treatments fail.
It is not uncommon for patients to experience problems with eating, speaking, and breathing if they have problems with the alignment of their jaw. Other complications from jaw misalignment may include TMJ disorders, sleep apnea, bone structure and orthodontic issues. Orthognathic surgery can correct these issues, and even bring balance to the facial structure.
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Smith has undergone years of training to understand the complex structures of the face and how to optimize the jaw’s function.
Orthognathic surgery can treat many conditions related to the jaw, but generally involves correcting the alignment of the bite. If you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, and conservative treatments have failed, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery:
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, we encourage you to seek evaluation from an experienced dental professional. Nonsurgical treatments, such as a night guard or braces, can correct many issues related to mild to moderate jaw misalignment.
If you have been referred for orthognathic surgery, your treatment will involve a coordinated effort between your oral surgeon and orthodontist. In general, the treatment process—from orthodontic treatment to surgery to recovery—will take place over several months. While every treatment plan is unique to each patient, here is a general overview of what you can expect during your orthognathic surgery treatment.
Your teeth will be prepared for their new position with braces. Depending on the current alignment of your teeth, and because braces apply gentle but constant pressure to shift teeth slowly, this step can take several months to complete. Once your orthodontist has determined that your teeth are ready, your oral surgeon can perform the jaw surgery.
Once your mouth has been prepared with braces, you will meet with your oral surgeon, who will discuss your condition and map out your surgical treatment. This first visit with your oral surgeon is a great time to ask any questions that you may have. You will also be provided with pre- and post-operative instructions.
Your surgical appointment will begin by receiving the form of anesthesia selected during your consultation. Once its effects have taken place, your oral surgeon will begin the surgery. The portion of the jaw that requires repositioning will be separated and reattached using screws, wires, and places. Your oral surgeon will utilize the best technique to minimize scarring and improve facial aesthetics.
The healing period will take place over the course of several weeks as the bone heals in its new position. Some swelling and discomfort is normal following surgery. You will be given a prescription to manage any pain. You will be advised to follow a soft foods or all-liquid diet for a period of time. Please follow your post-operative instructions to ensure optimal healing and reduce the risk of complications.
At Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants, we want you to have the best possible experience. If you have any questions about your recovery or are experiencing any signs of complications, please call our office as soon as possible. We will treat you promptly.
If you have been referred for orthognathic surgery, Greater Columbus Oral Surgery & Dental Implants can help. Dr. Smith performs a broad scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery treatments, including orthognathic surgery. Please call our office if you’d like more information or to schedule a consultation.