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If you experience a jaw injury or have a naturally misaligned jaw, orthognathic surgery can ease uncomfortable symptoms, improve your confidence, and make it possible to swallow and breathe more comfortably. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, with two locations in the Bayside area of Queens and Manhattan's Upper East Side, expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, specialize in orthognathic surgery using safe, proven techniques. To schedule your appointment, call the New York City office nearest you or book online today.
Orthognathic surgery is a corrective jaw treatment used to correct skeletal abnormalities and jaw misalignments. It refers to a group of complex surgical treatments performed in a hospital setting, usually under general anesthesia.
To achieve the best possible results, orthognathic surgery usually involves the use of surgical plates, screws, and wires. These tools encourage your body’s natural healing process and lower your risk of complications or the need for additional operations.
The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants uses orthognathic surgery to correct a wide range of oral health problems, including:
You might also benefit from orthognathic surgery if you have to strain to purse your lips or close your mouth entirely.
To determine if you’re a good candidate for orthognathic surgery, make an appointment with the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants.
During your initial consultation, your provider conducts an oral exam and asks you about the symptoms you’re experiencing. They also take X-rays to get a closer look at your jaw and tooth roots.
The team usually recommends conservative measures of care, like wearing braces or other less invasive orthodontic treatments. However, if your jaw or teeth don’t respond, a more complex surgical operation may be necessary.
Thanks to modern treatment techniques, orthognathic surgery is safe and well-tolerated. It’s performed under general anesthesia, so you’re asleep during your operation. Like any surgery, there are inherent risks, including pain, swelling, bleeding, and infection.
You might need to stay in the hospital for a day or two, depending on the type of orthognathic surgery you need. To speed up the healing process, make sure to follow your surgeon’s recovery instructions carefully. Take your medications as prescribed, regularly brush and floss your teeth, and attend all of your follow-up appointments. By adhering to your surgeon’s treatment plan, you’re much less likely to experience complications.
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of orthognathic surgery, make an appointment at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants by calling the office nearest you or booking online today.