Surgical orthodontics not only allows us to provide you with a beautiful smile but also a healthy, well-functioning smile. We offer a variety of surgical orthodontic procedures that will help correct occlusion issues, such as various jaw misalignments.
Unfortunately, orthodontic treatment alone is not enough for some adults if braces or Invisalign® clear aligners can’t fully correct their occlusion issues.
In these cases, a combination of orthodontic appliances and surgery can help patients achieve a properly aligned bite that functions optimally.
The patient will go through orthodontic treatment before and after surgery to ensure that their teeth are aligned and they’re able to speak, chew, and bite normally.
The surgery itself can be performed on the upper or lower jaw. In some cases, the patient needs surgical intervention on both jaws to correct their skeletal and/or dental irregularities.
The surgery moves the jaw into a position that allows for optimal functionality as well as balanced alignment with the teeth. Once this happens, the tissues of their head, face, and neck – including muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, joints, and nerves – can operate without excessive tension or strain. The result:
You might need corrective jaw surgery if you have an underbite or overbite. These types of malocclusions result in unnatural gaps between the upper and lower teeth. They are caused by the lower jaw being positioned too far forward or too far back.
The size of the jaw (often being too small) can contribute to the development of an underbite or overbite. Additionally, some patients have a size discrepancy between their upper and lower jaws due to abnormal growth in one part of the face, resulting in facial asymmetry.
Patients with these types of malocclusions can have oral issues (jaw pain, cracked teeth) and may choose to have surgery to correct this issue. Some may not like the way their face looks because of the size, shape, or position of their jaw and may choose to have surgery for this reason as well.
Other signs surgical orthodontics in Plant City might be recommended include:
Orthodontic surgery allows for facial harmony. It also helps your jaw to properly and adequately support your teeth and work in union with the rest of your facial tissues (muscles, etc.). It can also dramatically improve the aesthetics and appearance of your teeth, jaws, and face.
There are three types of jaw (orthognathic) surgery.
Also known as genioplasty, chin surgery allows your orthodontist to:
Chin surgery can be completed on its own or in addition to upper/lower jaw surgery.
Surgery of the upper jawbone, called a maxillary osteotomy, can help correct:
During this procedure, the upper jawbone is detached from your cheekbones and nose before being repositioned. The surgery can correct a smile line and reshape a patient’s profile, in addition to correcting their bite and improving nasal breathing.
Surgically treating the lower jaw is called a mandibular osteotomy. The surgery involves detaching the temporomandibular jaw joints from the mandible (lower jaw). The jawbone is then repositioned depending on the patient’s needs, which can help correct a receded or protruding lower jaw and:
We understand that the idea of oral surgery can be intimidating – even scary. We want to assure you that we have your best interests at heart. We will do all we can to make sure you not only receive exceptional care but that you’re comfortable throughout the process.
This is one reason why we offer sedation dentistry, typically nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas). This mild sedative will keep you or your child relaxed and comfortable throughout the procedure.
More complex surgical procedures may need to be done in the hospital and/or under general sedation, where we’ll put you to sleep during the procedure.
We will discuss all options with you at your orthodontic consultation so you know what to expect and can feel confident making your decision.
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