Who Needs Surgical Orthodontic Treatment?

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontic Treatment, Jaw alignment is important,  Do you think you need surgical orthodontic treatment?

In many situations, your orthodontist can provide you with outstanding support for your needs. However, there are cases in which standard treatment isn’t effective enough. This is when surgical orthodontic treatment becomes necessary. Our goal is always to help you have a healthy, functional bite, and with orthognathic surgery, we can help you achieve this.

Jaw alignment is important

Many people benefit from braces and other technology that allows for the proper positioning of the teeth. However, for others, there is a need to correct the position of the jaw itself. Your jaw holds your lower and upper teeth in place. When moved to open or closed positions, those teeth need to remain in line with each other. When they do not, there are numerous potential complications.

For example, your ability to bite becomes difficult, making it hard for you to eat certain types of foods. Chewing effectively becomes more difficult or can be impossible in some situations. This can make it hard for you to eat properly or, in some cases, may not encourage you to chew your food well enough to aid digestion.

Additionally, poor alignment can impact the way you speak. You may have slurred speech or difficulty enunciating properly if your jaw does not align properly.

Who is most likely to need surgery?

Every situation is different. However, our team will provide a full consultation to discuss your oral health and determine if jaw alignment surgery is right for you. Most of the time, we can correct jaw alignment problems through a surgical procedure. It’s common for adults to need this procedure, since their bones and structural facial components are no longer growing. As a result, it’s no longer possible to brace the jaw as it grows.

Individuals who may need this procedure include:

Most of the time, surgical treatment like this is only recommended for adults. There are some situations that may warrant your child having it done as well. Whenever possible, though, orthodontic treatment through nonsurgical methods is considered as a first step.

What should you expect from surgical orthodontic treatment?

Most often, patients will be treated using nonsurgical orthodontic care as a first step. If it does not work or the condition is severe, surgical treatment is the ideal next step. During this process, your orthodontist will work with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to provide the best care for you. These are specialists who have extensive experience in helping patients who have these needs. That’s good news because it means you’ll get the best care possible.

A plan is created to address the specific misalignment you have. You will be sleeping or very relaxed during the procedure. You shouldn’t feel pain. The actual steps taken depend on the type of surgery you need and the extent of your condition. Most often, you will need a bit of time to heal from this procedure. Yet it can be very successful in improving jaw alignment even in some situations of more intense or severe deformity.

To find out if it is right for you, you’ll need to come in to see your dental team for a consultation. Because all surgery comes with some risk, you’ll only be recommended for this procedure if it is the best option for your needs.

Do you think you need surgical orthodontic treatment?

Learn more about our surgical orthodontic treatments and what type of care is best for your needs.  At Millennium Park Orthodontics, we’ll be happy to talk about all of your dental concerns and provide the best outcome for you. Contact us now to schedule a consultation.

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