Posted on 4/13/2018 by Dr. Franco
|Jaw problems? No worries, we got you! Thanks to the advancement of medical technology and procedures, it is now possible to improve, correct, and reconstruct dental problems including problems with the jaw.
Corrective jaw surgery is also known as the orthognathic surgery. This is the most common jaw surgery to correct and restore the jaws and the other parts affected.
Corrective jaw surgery can only be administered if common dental procedures such as braces will not bear any effect to improve the current jaw situation.
This surgery is specifically designed to correct and help people with conditions like malocclusion or the misalignment of the jaws, temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, sleep apnea, and structural defect of the jaws.
There are different types of corrective jaw surgery that you might want to know - Maxillary Osteotomy, Mandibular Osteotomy, and Genioplasty.
This type of corrective jaw surgery focuses on the upper jaw to correct a crossbite. Oral surgeons usually cut the upper jaw bones to enable the upper jaw and teeth to move forward and get properly aligned with the lower jaw.
This is not an easy procedure as this also requires tiny screws and plates to hold the bones of the upper jaw in its new and correct position. Malocclusion is the most common dental problem that can be addressed by this type of jaw surgery.
On the other hand, Mandibular Osteotomy focuses on the lower jaw. This is quite similar to the Maxillary Osteotomy wherein oral surgeons need to make significant cuts behind the molars down to the jaw bones to correct a lower jaw.
Screws are also needed to help the lower jaw stay in its new place. This is commonly administered to people suffering from malocclusion and TMD.
If the Maxillary Osteotomy focuses on the upper jaw and the Mandibular Osteotomy focuses on the lower jaw, Genioplasty focuses on the chin.
Commonly known as chin surgery, Genioplasty involves cutting the chin bones to reposition a severely receded jaw. This kind of surgery is a common surgery for people who suffered from jaw trauma and malocclusion.
Still confused? Ask the experts! We know to help you. Consider contacting us today so we can talk about your jaw problems.
PEDRO F. FRANCO, DDS
HOWARD B. PRICE, DDS
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