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Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics is also referred to as orthognathic surgery. Surgical orthodontics is a method of orthodontic treatment that is utilized to provide correction that relates to severe dental conditions that includes poor bite structure, abnormal jaw bone structure, as well as malocclusion. Maxillofacial as well as oral surgery is one of the American Dental Association (ADA) nine recognized advanced dental specialties. Surgical orthodontics is focused on providing treatment of complex craniofacial conditions which involve features that include the mouth, face, skull, as well as the jaw itself. In the event you require surgical orthodontics, a qualified orthodontist will also work with a maxillofacial oral surgeon which will that the best care possible will be provided to the patient.

At What Age Is Surgical Orthodontics Most Commonly Provided?

Surgical orthodontics can be utilized to provide treatment for adults who have developed an improper bite or who demonstrating other types of aesthetic abnormalities. However, a female jaw stops growing by the age of 16. And, a male jaw stops growing by the age of 16. The jaw must have stopped growing before orthodontic surgery can be applied. Surgical orthodontics is administered when the upper and lower jaws are not properly aligned. The misalignment of the jaws prevents a correct bite to be achieved by the sole application of just orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic surgery will promote the correct alignment of the jaw. After the jaw is correctly aligned, orthodontic braces can be applied which will enable the teeth to shift into proper alignment

How Can An Individual Determine If They Are In Need Of Surgical Orthodontics?

Dr. J. Austin Rahaim, DMD, MS is a high skilled Orthodontist that is qualified to determine if an individual of any age is in need of surgical orthodontics to correct an abnormal dental condition. However, the severity of an individual’s condition as well as jaw alignment will determine if corrective surgery is or is not required to correct the abnormal dental condition.

How Does Orthodontic Surgery Correct Dental Abnormalities?

A maxillofacial oral surgeon is always utilized to perform orthodontic surgery. And, orthodontic surgery will always be performed in a hospital. Depending on a case by case basis, orthodontic surgery can take several hours to complete. Upon completion of orthodontic surgery, the normal post-surgery resting period takes about two weeks. Orthodontic surgery is considered to be a type of major surgery. Consequently, It is highly recommended that an individual that undergoes orthodontic surgery schedule the surgery outside of routine work or school schedules during the entire healing process time frame. After an individual’s jaw has completely healed, Dr. J. Austin Rahaim, DMD, MS will make needed, post surgery small adjustments to the individuals bite. Post-surgery, individuals will be required to wear braces. Braces are normally removed completely within 6-12 months after surgery is completed. Once the braces are removed, individuals with utilize a retainer that will assist in maintaining the individuals new smile.

Are there Any Risks That Are Associated With Orthodontic Surgery?

Just like other types of major surgery, there are certain types of risks that are associated with orthodontic surgery. But, orthodontic surgery is a very mature, well established type of surgery that has been routinely performed for many, many years at hospitals all over the world. If you have any concerns whatsoever about a scheduled treatment that will involve orthodontic surgery, please be sure that you contact BayView Orthodontics in Bay St. Louis and share your concerns with Dr. J. Austin Rahaim, DMD, MS As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks of having orthognathic surgery. However, the process of orthognathic surgery is not new, and it has been performed for many years in practices and hospitals. If you're concerned about an upcoming treatment with orthognathic surgery, please contact our practice and let us know. We are happy to answer any questions that you may have, and provide you with any additional information. Your peace of mind, and comfort is always very important to BayView Orthodontics.

What Are The Rewards To Having Orthodontic Surgery Performed?

For the majority of Dr. J. Austin Rahaim, DMD, MS patients, the achievement of a lifetime smile that is both healthy and beautiful is the important reward of having orthodontic surgery performed. Regardless if an individual receives orthodontic care which will provide correction to a bad bite, jaw abnormality, or malocclusion, orthodontic surgery will go a long way in restoring an individual’s confidence by leaving the individual with a confident smile for years to come