Orthognatic Surgery

The orthognathic surgery term, which means “straighten the jaw.” It comes from the Greek “Orthos” meaning straight and “Gnathos” meaning jaw. In today’s world of medicine, this term refers specifically to surgical treatment to straighten and / or realign jaws.

Orthognathic Surgery

How do I become candidate?

As our jaws mature through a normal stage of growth and development (ie, adolescence), it is possible to stop the growth of the jaw or end up leaving a disharmony of function and aesthetics.

At this stage, for a number of reasons, the jaws may remain disproportionate in size and shape. The cause of this disharmony and disproportion is often important when a treatment plan is determined and can be the result of any or all of the following:

  • An unfavorable gene expression in the (most common) growth.
  • A history of trauma.
  • An abnormal or exuberant activity of a growth center of an unknown cause. (e.g., in the region of the temporomandibular joint).
  • Tumors or other pathology.

Fortunately, most of mandibular disproportions are simply a result of an unfavorable genetic expression of normal growth. As a result, most treatment plans are strictly aimed at the return to balanced and aesthetic function once a person has reached skeletal maturity.

The improved aesthetics achieved by restoring facial balance through orthognathic surgery, this may mean an invaluable boost in self-confidence and overall sense of well-being. The patient becomes more secure and more extroverted as a result of high self-esteem.

How important is Orthognathic Surgery?

A constant error is to think that the orthognathic surgery is that treatment in this area is aimed solely or principally to improve facial appearance.

Actually, not so far from the truth. While creating a balanced function is almost always beneficial to the appearance is not always the main reason why patients are encouraged to continue treatment.

The benefits in the medical area include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure to chew (the inability to chew food properly).
  • Myofascial pain dysfunction (MPD or painful spasms of the jaw muscles with a dysfunction associated with the mandible).
  • Temporomandibular joint disease.
  • Disability or speech pathology.
  • Periodontal disease as a result of accelerated occlusal trauma.
  • Disease tooth structure (tooth fracture, wear and / or early tooth loss), as a result of accelerated occlusal trauma.

In the area of social motivation, there are two benefits that would be considered as issues of “quality of life” and are generally rewarding snapshots consequences for the patient. These two include “feel good” and “look good”.

If you have been bothered by the slightest interference with bite (A seed or popcorn) you immediately remember how uncomfortable that situation may be. Along with those disadvantages, often, the inability to collect their front teeth to cut food. For that patient rectifying this situation can mean “feel good” even if it means surgery to achieve it.