Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Dubai UAE. The term “orthognathic” means “straight jaw”. Orthognathic jaw surgery combines orthodontic treatment with reconstructive surgery to move your teeth and jaws to a balanced and healthy position. Orthodontic treatment can correct the position of the teeth along with the underlying problems with the jaw and facial structure. The procedure is provided for functional as well as cosmetic purposes. This corrective jaw surgery can:
Reposition misaligned jaw
Improve facial appearance
Ensure that the teeth meet properly
Improve effective jaw function
Correct the imbalance between upper and lower jaws
Jaw Surgery – The Solution for Many Facial Problems
Jaw abnormalities can cause long term oral health issues and difficulties associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Injury to the jaws or birth defects can also affect the alignment of the jaws. Facial irregularities that can be solved with the procedure include:
Chewing, biting or swallowing difficulty
Chronic jaw pain
Weak facial projections
Unbalanced facial appearance
Reconstructive Jaw Surgery Procedure
The procedure is performed after 18 years of age, when the jaws normally stop growing. Considering the intensity of the condition, the right procedure will be chosen. The surgical team comprising a dentist, orthodontist and an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw, or orthognathic surgery. After the consultation, you will undergo an examination for a diagnosis. The corrective jaw surgery involves three phases.
In the first phase, the teeth are moved to a new position using orthodontic braces. With nine to 14 months of orthodontic treatment involved, the surgery may take several years to complete. Plaster models are made to ensure that the teeth are in proper alignment. X-rays, pictures and models of your teeth may be taken to help guide your surgery.
In the second phase, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon repositions your jaws during surgery. The surgery takes a few hours and is usually done on an outpatient basis. In some cases, bone grafting will be required to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
The third phase occurs two to three months after the surgery. The teeth are gently manipulated by the orthodontist, if required. Post-operative orthodontic treatment may take 6 months. After the final stage of the treatment, braces are removed.
Complications that are common with the procedure are minimal swelling and bruising. With the initial healing phase of about six weeks, complete healing of the jaws takes between nine and 12 months. Post-operative instructions will be provided for a smooth recovery such as soft diet of liquefied food for 7 to 10 days.
Reconstructive jaw surgery can also be combined with the treatment of sleep apnea to open the airway.
If you are a candidate for orthognathic jaw surgery, make sure to choose a plastic surgeon specialized in reconstructive as well as cosmetic surgery procedures. Understand the potential benefits as well as the risks involved in the procedure.