Surgical Ortho

ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY

An operation to reposition either the upper, lower, or both jaws, in individuals who have a large discrepancy between the size of the jaws in relation to each other, or in whom the jaws are abnormally positioned.

Discrepancies between jaw size/position are relatively common and those individuals affected will usually have a malocclusion (poorly aligned teeth and bite) which mostly can be treated using orthodontics (braces) alone. However a small proportion of individuals with severe jaw discrepancies  have to be treated with orthognathic surgery.

  1. Dental and facial appearance is severely compromised leading to high levels of psychological distress, affecting interpersonal relationships and quality of life.
  2. Compromised jaw function can result in:
  • Difficulty while eating in public because it cannot be done in a socially acceptable way
  • Damage to the gums and palate due to a traumatic bite which may compromise the prognosis of the teeth
  • Jaw muscle and jaw joint problems
  • Speech difficulties

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