Reserved for severe dental irregularities and misalignments of the jaw, surgical orthodontics is a corrective jaw surgery, also known as Orthognathic surgery. As part of a comprehensive approach to treatment, the role of surgical orthodontics is to restore function, while braces are worn before or after treatment to reposition teeth. Without question, this form of orthodontics requires a greater commitment to treatment. Yet, the combination of orthodontics results in a dramatic effect on many aspects of a patient’s life.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons lists the following conditions that are treated by surgical orthodontics:
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic TMJ-related pain, as well as headaches
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open Bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side view
- Facial Injury
- Birth Defects
- Receding lower jaw and/or chin
- Protruding Jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems while sleeping, including snoring)
To better understand the process of surgical orthodontics, consider the correction of an open bite. In this case, surgery might involve removing some of the bone in the upper tooth-bearing portion of the jaw and securing its new position with plates and screws. In turn, correcting a receding lower jaw or weak chin might include separating the bone in the lower portion of the jaw and repositioning it.
Dr. William R. Kincer – Surgical Orthodontic Specialist in Marietta
With an understanding of the intricacy of evolving jawbone alignments and facial structures, Dr. William R. Kincer is a surgical orthodontic specialist serving Marietta and surrounding West Cobb communities. Highly regarded for his personalized approach to treatment, Dr. Kincer customizes planning to suit individual needs in regards to time, recovery and results.
For superior, patient-centered orthodontics, contact the office of Dr. William R. Kincer today.