What is Orthognathic (maxillofacial) surgery?
It is a surgical method that helps to fix the shape, form, and relation deformities of lower and upper jaws. It is colloquially known as jaw surgery.
Where do Orthognathic surgeries take place? Do you perform them?
In such cases, orthodontists and plastic surgeons work together. Such maxillofacial surgeries are performed at a general hospital under general anaesthesia. The operation is performed by the plastic surgeon.
Are orthodontics and Orthognathic surgery separate procedures?
Orthognathic surgery is an operation that is performed during the orthodontic treatment period. They are not separate treatments. For example, Orthognathic surgery is performed when the two-thirds of a two-year orthodontic treatment is completed. After surgery, orthodontic treatment continues for approximately 4 months.
I want to just wear braces without maxillofacial surgery
Let us assume that your lower jaw is too protruded. Starting from the moment the braces are placed, the teeth start to straighten and the lower jaw protrusion becomes more noticeable. In addition, there will not be a proper bite occlusion. As a result, the existing appearance will become worse.
If I only have a tooth extraction, will there be a need for maxillofacial surgery?
In rare cases, the treatment is performed without surgery only with tooth extraction. However, the appearance does not improve, as there are no changes in the bone structure. Your dentist may still recommend maxillofacial surgery after the examination.
Are such operations performed frequently?
Such maxillofacial surgeries have been performed in our country for a very long time. There are certain plastic surgeons with whom orthodontists work in partnership. These surgeons perform these surgeries very frequently and successfully.
Such cases necessitate teamwork. Your orthodontist has to have previously worked with the surgeon. Some plastic surgeons specialize in operations such as rhinoplasty or breast surgeries. Thus, they need to be vetted very well. Your orthodontist will recommend you an experienced doctor. It would be safer to decide together after examination.
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