One of the primary services we offer here at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery is orthognathic (or corrective) jaw surgery. This type of surgery is used to help patients who have dental abnormalities such as underbites, overbites, and crossbites and/or skeletal-facial growth abnormalities from large or small jaws and chins. Our highly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeons will assist and guide you through the process before, during, and after surgery. Our office is equipped to help with offering solutions to our patient's dental and skeletal problems ranging from minor to significant irregularities. In the New York City metropolitan area, our practice has been well known for excellence in the treatment of patients with these problems for many decades.
When to Get Corrective Jaw Surgery
Several complications can arise from having misaligned jaw and dental irregularities. You may suffer from minor complications such as speaking impediments, eating/chewing troubles, and/or periodontal disease to more severe issues such as breathing difficulties and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ/jaw joint).
Abnormalities in the skeletal structure around the jaw(s) and teeth might also lead to varying levels of disfigurement, which can lead to lower self-esteem. Our office is dedicated to helping all our clients find normalcy in their lives. Undergoing orthognathic surgery can safely and quickly correct the problems that are rooted in dental and skeletal structure abnormalities.
We Will Help You, Step by Step
The first step for patients who wish to undergo orthognathic surgery is to have an evaluation by our oral and maxillofacial surgeon. You will go through a comprehensive set of tests such as facial measurements, digital x-rays, and dentition model review. A discussion will then take place with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to review the findings, treatment options, treatment sequencing, timing, procedures, recovery, and the potential risks and complications in your specific case. We will discuss each treatment option with you and explain each procedure in a clear and easy to understand manner. Afterward, we will assist you in getting insurance approval if necessary.
A referral to an orthodontist will then be made to start preoperative orthodontics. Prior to the surgery, most of our patients will be required to wear braces for a period. These braces are necessary to align and level your teeth in each jaw so that after the surgery your teeth and bite are in as ideal a position as possible.
Undergoing Orthognathic Surgery and Recovery
Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will guide you through each step in the process so that you know exactly what to expect before, during, and after the operation. Orthognathic surgeries are performed in a hospital operating room and require patients to undergo general anesthesia, which means you will be put under throughout the operation.
Depending on the type of operation you will have, surgery may take several hours to complete. Jaw realignment surgery can be extensive and may require the use of small metal plates and screws to stabilize your jaws in their proper positions for healing. Small grafts of banked bone may be used to support your jaw(s) as well.
Dissolvable stitches will be placed, usually around the gums, that will completely disappear within a couple of weeks. Don’t worry about scars, as most surgeries are done inside the mouth and most scarring will appear as small white lines around the gums.
Schedule Your Consultation
You can speak to our friendly staff at (914) 768-8220 at New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery if you wish to make additional inquiries or schedule a visit.