Understanding Orthognathic Surgery

ROS Admin | May 16, 2024

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Orthognathic surgery, often referred to as corrective jaw surgery, is a profound procedure aimed at correcting skeletal irregularities and realigning the teeth and jaws to improve their function and esthetic appearance. At Ricci Orthodontic Studio in Doral, FL, we are dedicated to guiding our patients through this transformative process with the utmost care and precision.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery involves a range of surgical procedures designed to align the jaws properly. This type of surgery is usually recommended when less invasive treatments, like braces or other orthodontic appliances alone, cannot correct severe misalignments or malocclusions. Common issues addressed by orthognathic surgery include difficulties with chewing, speech, long-term oral health problems, or even sleep apnea.

When Do You Need Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is considered when there are discrepancies in the growth of the upper and lower jaws, leading to significant functional and esthetic issues. These conditions often manifest as difficulty in chewing, biting, or speaking, chronic jaw or TMJ pain, and disproportionate facial appearance. We utilize state-of-the-art diagnostic tools like 3D Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT) to ensure accurate diagnoses and precise treatment planning.

The Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

The benefits of undergoing orthognathic surgery extend beyond cosmetic enhancements, including:
  • Improved ability to chew, bite, and speak more effectively
  • Enhanced appearance and balance of facial features
  • Potential resolution of snoring or sleep apnea caused by obstructions in airways
  • Long-term oral health improvements by distributing bite forces evenly across teeth

The Orthognathic Surgery Process

  1. Initial Consultation and Planning:During your consultation at Ricci Orthodontic Studio, we discuss your concerns, goals, and treatment options. Using advanced imaging technologies, such as 3D CBCT, we can visualize the structure of your jaws and teeth with incredible detail, facilitating a precise surgical plan.
  2. Pre-Surgical Orthodontics: Most patients will require braces for several months before surgery to align the teeth correctly in preparation for the jaw adjustments. Here at Ricci Orthodontic Studio, we may even do your pre-surgical treatment with Invisalign.
  3. Surgical Procedure: Performed by a skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon, orthognathic surgery typically involves modifying the bones of the jaws and securing them in the correct position. This surgery is generally conducted under general anesthesia and can take several hours, depending on the complexity.
  4. Post-Surgical Care: Post-operative care is crucial for healing and includes a detailed regimen to follow, ensuring the best outcomes. The recovery process may involve some swelling and discomfort, managed with prescribed medications.
  5. Post-Surgical Orthodontics: After surgery, minor adjustments with orthodontics may be necessary to fine-tune the alignment and ensure the teeth function correctly together.
  6. Long-Term Follow-Up: Regular follow-ups are essential to monitor the healing process and the long-term success of the surgery and orthodontic treatment.

Why Choose Ricci Orthodontic Studio?

At Ricci Orthodontic Studio, we combine our expertise in orthodontics with advanced surgical techniques and technology to provide comprehensive care tailored to each patient’s needs. Our commitment to excellence ensures that you receive not only the best esthetic results but also a functional bite that can last a lifetime. Orthognathic surgery is a transformative journey, and we are here to support you every step of the way. If you’re experiencing any of the issues mentioned or just curious about how orthognathic surgery can benefit you, please contact us at Ricci Orthodontic Studio for a consultation. Let us help you achieve the smile you’ve always dreamed of!
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