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JAW ORTHOGNATHIC
SURGERY
Overview
Jaw Orthognathic Surgery
What is jaw orthognathic surgery?
Jaw surgery to correct long and short jaws is one of the basic tenants of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are extremely well trained in this area. The success of such surgeries not only requires proper planning of the actual bone surgery itself but also a very good knowledge of the dental occlusion.
Why jaw surgery?
Most jaw surgeries are indicated when the orthodontist (braces doctor) finds that the teeth cannot be moved to meet despite the best efforts. This can be due to a larger difference than usual of the distance between the upper and lower jaw arches. There are also cases when the upper or lower jaw arches are developed in an asymmetric manner. These are indications for jaw (bone) surgery.
The aftercare
Surgeries are different in every case but it generally involves a five day hospitalization stay followed by three to six weeks of medical leave. At the end of treatment, both orthodontist and oral & maxillofacial surgeons will follow up the patients for up to five years to ensure good healing and long term stability of the surgery outcome.