Dental Problems

Orthognathic Surgery – Procedure

Orthodontics refers to the alignment of your teeth and Orthognathic surgery is one of the leading cosmetic dental surgeries performed to correct the bony problems of the jaw. That is a surgery to keep your jaws in correct position. Usually both these treatments are done simultaneously.

Orthognathic Surgery Procedure

Planning:

  • Orthognathic surgery is a complicated procedure, that needs proper planning before hand.
  • On your first visit to the Orthognathic surgeon, he or she will decide whether you need a surgery or not.
  • If the surgery is recommended, then your surgeon will carefully plan the course of treatment with the help of x-rays, dental plaster models, predictions and computer tracings.
  • Once the program is planned, it will be discussed with the patient.

Presurgical Treatment:

  • Prior to the surgery, all your teeth should be aligned.
  • Due to malalignments in the jaws, the teeth may not meet properly.
  • The plaster dental models are used to get the exact alignment, that helps during the operation.

Surgical Treatment:

  • The whole process is done under general anaesthesia
  • Incisions are made inside your mouth and if required on your facial region.
  • Depending on the requirement, either one or both the jaws will be fractured to get the desired shape and then repositioned normally.
  • To position the jaw in the pre-planned position, mini bone plates are used which are secured with plating screws.
  • The incisions are closed using sutures, and drains are used to get rid of the blood and other fluids near the surgical area

Post Orthognathic Surgery

  • The patient will be kept in observation for a minimum of three days.
  • In some cases both the jaws can be tried using a rubber elastic, it can be disconcerting and cause irritation.
  • It is recommended to have only liquids till the surgical area heals
  • Usually the patients will be discharged after 3 days from the surgery

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