Jaw & Orthognathic Surgery
Sometimes, braces or Invisalign are not enough to correct a problematic bite. In these cases, our Etobicoke oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform jaw surgery in conjunction with the orthodontic treatment.
Why is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?
Often, a patient may visit the orthodontist to have their teeth straightened and obtain a better and healthier bite. However, when the jaw itself is not in proper alignment, the expertise of an oral and maxillofacial surgeon is required to help the orthodontist to correct the bite.
A growth problem, traumatic injury or pathologic process of the upper, lower or both jaws are common causes of this problem. Therefore, even if the orthodontist could get the teeth straight, the bite would still not come together because the upper and lower jaw bones are not aligned.
The Orthognathic Surgery Process
Patients who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are not positioned correctly.
These are often individuals with upper or lower jaws that are too big, too small or crooked or bites that are too deep, open or stepped. The goal of the surgery is to balance the skeleton and bite, which improves function, speech, breathing, chewing and aesthetics.
Several surgical techniques have been developed that allow Dr. Ebrahimi to reposition the upper, lower or both jaws:
LeFort I Maxillary Osteotomy: Moves upper jaw into any position.
Mandibular Sagittal Split Osteotomy: Moves the lower jaw forward or backward.
Anterior Mandibular Horizontal Osteotomy: Adjusts the chin to stay in alignment with the rest of the face.
A Collaborative Approach
When it comes to orthognathic surgery, several different dental professionals must work together to obtain an optimal result. All patients that require corrective jaw surgery to align the jaws will require:
A general dentist to make sure that the teeth and supporting structures are in excellent health
An orthodontist to straighten the teeth before surgery and refine the bite once the bones are healed
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon to surgically reposition the jaws
Scheduling an Orthognathic Appointment
Please contact our office directly to schedule an orthognathic consultation appointment with Dr. Ebrahimi. The initial consultation appointment is typically two hours long. If you are under the age of 18 we request that a parent or guardian accompany you to the appointment.