What is Orthognathic Maxillofacial Surgery?

One of the most common procedures carried out by the maxillofacial surgeon is the maxillofacial surgeon orthognathic surgery, whose main objective is to correct the discrepancies between the upper and lower jaw, this being an anomaly that, as a general rule, is related to the incorrect growth of the maxillary bones.

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This situation, which is quite common nowadays, not only affects the functionality of the mouth, but also has important aesthetic consequences, so it is not surprising that more and more people are looking for an effective solution to put an end to this problem, and it is here where we must talk about the importance of orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery is a relatively new surgical procedure that has served to improve the quality of life of many patients, so everything indicates that more and more people will opt for this procedure given the numerous advantages and benefits it offers.

One of the main peculiarities of this treatment is that a specialist in Orthodontics will also be involved, since the patient will need to wear braces before and after this oral intervention, so with this process we will not only correct the position of the jaw bones, but we can also correct the position of the teeth.

Orthognathic surgery process

Orthognathic surgery is one of the most complex procedures in the oral sector, being a treatment that requires a series of previous steps such as, for example, a detailed analysis of the patient’s characteristics or the need to use brackets both before and after the surgical procedure.

The procedure lasts approximately 4 hours, although the time will depend on the situation and the needs of each patient.

On the other hand, we are talking about a surgical procedure that will be performed under general anesthesia and in a hospital environment, so the vast majority of dental clinics will not be able to offer this treatment because they do not have an operating room equipped for this procedure.

The objective of this treatment, as mentioned above, is to correct the position of the maxillary bones and, for this purpose, it will be necessary to make some intraoral incisions, with the advantage that there will be no scars after the intervention.

The next step for the maxillofacial surgeon is to place the jaw bones in the correct shape and position and to fix them in the new location using titanium screws and plates.

It is important to note that the postoperative period is usually somewhat complicated, since it is very common for the patient to suffer quite severe inflammation, and it is likely to feel quite a lot of pain in the treated area, although with the passage of weeks the situation will normalize. Fortunately, nowadays we have a wide variety of drugs that will be very useful in relieving the pain.

In addition, one of the main reasons why this procedure is performed in a hospital is because the patient will receive better care during the postoperative period, so he/she will not be in excessive pain considering that he/she will be treated with all kinds of painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs.

Of course, once the swelling and pain have disappeared, there will still be a new orthodontic treatment to correct the dental misalignment that the patient will suffer after the intervention. Now the patient will have completed the process and will be able to enjoy the many advantages of orthognathic surgery.

Although we are talking about a relatively complex process, it is important to emphasize that orthognathic surgery is highly recommended because it offers interesting advantages that will be reflected both in the esthetics and in the oral functionality of the patient.

In fact, it is necessary to clarify that one of the main reasons why this process is chosen is due to the difficulties that the patient will have to carry out everyday actions such as speaking or eating, which we can solve effectively and permanently through this type of surgery.

It should also be noted that the existence of specific professionals in this intervention makes it possible for the success rate of orthognathic surgery to be one of the most recommendable alternatives available to us.

This post is purely informational and does not replace a consultation with the dentist in any way. Contact the smile agents team to schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Smilers Dental Clinic.