Orthognathic surgery or “jaw
surgery” is needed when the upper and lower jaws do not
meet properly. Sometimes the problem is with the lower jaw,
other times it is with the upper jaw. One or another jaw may
protrude or recess abnormally out of alignment. Occasionally,
both jaws are affected. The goal of this surgery is to align
the jaws and teeth into their ideal position. The benefits include
an improved ability to chew, speak and breathe, and in many
cases an enhanced appearance can result.
From Orthognathic Surgery?
Patients with an improper bite
that cannot be corrected with orthodontics (braces) alone, benefit
most often from this surgery. Causes of improperly positioned
jaws include birth defects, trauma, growth disturbances and
Performing a clinical and X-ray
examination, Drs. Dachille, Laing and Paladino will identify the problem
and offer possible solutions. Typically, an orthodontist is
also involved in the diagnostic process. In fact, the majority
of patients undergoing corrective jaw surgery have dental braces.
The family dentist also plays an important role insuring the
patients` mouth and teeth are in optimal health prior to the
surgery. This team approach provides the best possible result.
Orthognathic surgery is performed
in the hospital under a general anesthetic. The patient usually
spends 2-3 days in the hospital. Most patients require 1-2 weeks
of recovery before they are able to return to work or school.
Due to advancements in both surgical techniques and materials,
the procedures are much more predictable, and the results much
improved. Drs. Dachille, Laing and Paladino work together during these
surgeries to insure excellent results.