Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical orthodontics, or otherwise known as orthognathic (jaw) surgery, is a specific orthodontic treatment that is often performed when there is severe misalignment in the jaw. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is one of the several branches of dentistry, and it specializes in correcting major and complex abnormalities within the jaw, face, and skull. When you visit Full Smile Orthodontics, Dr. Daniel Adams will evaluate your condition and help you know if you require orthognathic surgery in Carlsbad, California. If so, we will work with a trusted and experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure that you receive the high-quality care you deserve.

When is orthognathic surgery required?

Orthognathic, or jaw, surgery is often performed on adults, after the jaw has stopped growing, which is around the age of 16 for females and 18 for males. Jaw surgery may be recommended for you if you have a severe misalignment or improper bite, such as an underbite, overbite, or cross bite. In most cases, orthognathic surgery cannot fully complete oral issues without the help of additional treatments. The surgery can help realign the jaw to its proper position, and other treatment, such as braces, can move the teeth into their rightful place.

How do I know if I need jaw surgery?

Our orthodontist, Dr. Daniel Adams, will help you know if you require orthognathic surgery. Your need for this treatment may depend on a variety of factors, including your jaw alignment.

What is the process for orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These doctors have received specialized training on how to correct a variety of misalignment and other oral issues. Your procedure will be performed in a hospital, or in the surgeon’s facility. The entire treatment may take several hours, depending on the severity of your condition. After your surgery, you will need about a two-week recovery period, during which you may need to take time off of work or away from school. Once your healing process is complete, our orthodontist will make the finishing touches on your smile with braces or other orthodontic treatments. In many cases, patients only need to wear braces for six to twelve months. Once your braces are removed, you will need to wear a retainer to keep your new smile in place.

Are there risks associated with orthognathic surgery?

There are some risks with undergoing orthognathic surgery, just as there are risks with any other surgical procedure. However, orthognathic surgery is not a new procedure, and our team at Full Smile Orthodontics ensures that you have a trusted and experienced surgeon perform your treatment. If you have concerns about undergoing orthognathic surgery, please feel free to contact us at 760.804.0080. Our team recognizes that it is normal to have concerns, and we are happy to answer any of your questions, as well as provide an further information you may need. Your comfort and safety are our top priority.

What benefits are there to having orthognathic surgery?

Many patients find that orthognathic surgery brings a healthy, beautiful, and attractive smile that will last a lifetime. Not only that, but patients often find that they have an increased confidence in themselves, thanks to a better smile. Whether you undergo orthognathic surgery for strictly medical and oral health reasons, or if it is to improve the appearance of your smile, our orthodontist and team are here to help.

If you are interested in learning whether you require orthognathic surgery in Carlsbad, California, we invite you to call us and set up your consultation with our orthodontist.