Do I Need Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping (such as sleep apnea) and other routine activities. Excessive wear on teeth, stress on gums, and TMJ problems may also result from these severe skeletal discrepancies. Orthognathic surgery, in conjunction with orthodontics, corrects these problems and will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Collaborating with skilled oral surgeons and using the latest in digital imaging technology, Dr. Koh will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength, and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures, and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Orthodontic Treatment May Be Enough
Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. Dr. Koh will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
About the Procedure
The surgery itself takes place in the middle of orthodontic treatment. Initially, the teeth are aligned so that once the surgery is done, the teeth are close to being properly positioned. After healing, fine tuning of the bite is needed before treatment is complete.
The actual surgery is done under general anesthesia and may take a few hours to complete. After surgery, we will recommend a specific diet for you to follow. It will take up to three weeks to heal, after which you will be able to return to work or school. Full healing of the jaw bones will take about nine to twelve months.
We will refer to you to surgeons who are very experienced in these surgical procedures. For more information on jaw surgery or orthodontic treatments, please call our office at 206.365.3666.