Orthognathic surgery is utilized in cases where the upper and lower jaws do not relate well in one or more planes of space, and this mal-relationship has caused dental and/or TMJ (jaw joint) problems. These problems can manifest themselves as difficulties with chewing, talking, sleeping or other normal activities.
This type of surgery is performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment. Usually several months are required to prepare a patient for the surgery. Then, there are a few months of post-operative orthodontics afterwards. High-tech miniature titanium screws and plates are used to stabilize these cases. Almost never does a patient require his/her upper and lower teeth to be wired together, as in the past. These titanium devices are well tolerated by the body and never require removal. They provide a rigid fixation that results in better stability than was provided with inter-maxillary fixation (wire fixation).
Computerized treatment planning facilitates a more accurate surgical plan than previous methods have yielded. Dr. Anderson, the oral surgeon and computer technologists meet to share in what is called CASS (Computed Aided Surgical Simulation) conferences to ensure all are in agreement with the orthodontic preparation and proposed surgical plan for each patient. With this new technology, recovery time has been decreased and post-operative discomfort reduced.
Utilizing some of the new, latest technologies in orthodontics, many cases that required surgery in the past can be treated less invasively. We look forward to hearing from you if you want to learn more about orthodontics or orthognathic surgery.