Orthognathic Surgery Treatment Options
The normal sequence of treatment in these cases starts with the orthodontist who will try to align your teeth directly over the jaws. Many times, a patient’s bite will worsen during this preoperative phase. Once the orthodontist has completed the presurgical phase, the surgery is performed.
The surgery itself may involve addressing the upper jaw, the lower jaw, or a combination of the two. In essence, the jaws are moved into a more favorable relationship with one another and the surrounding bony structures. This procedure is typically performed in a hospital setting and requires 1-2 weeks of downtime.
Once a patient has healed from the surgery (usually 6-8 weeks), they will return to their orthodontist who will complete the postsurgical phase of treatment. This usually lasts another 6 months depending on the circumstances. Orthognathic surgery can be used in these circumstances, but also may be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea in severe cases.
Common types of surgery to correct underbites and overbites include reshaping to lengthen the upper jaw or shorten the lower jaw. In select cases, the use of wires, plates, or screws may be required to maintain the proper shape of the jawbone.
Maxillomandibular Advancement for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Many surgeries exist for the management of OSA including tonsillectomy, adenoidectomy, nasal septoplasty, uvulopharyngopalatoplasty, and many others. One of the surgical options is maxillomandibular advancement. In this procedure, both upper and lower jaws are repositioned in a more forward relationship which ultimately increases the volume of the airway in three dimensions to lessen or even eliminate any airway obstruction during sleep.
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