When is Oral Surgery Necessary?
Almost every orthodontic patient has some form of mis-alignment of the teeth and jaws. However, orthodontic treatment alone can usually correct these irregularities. In patients where there is a significant discrepancy in the size, shape, or position of the upper and lower jaw, oral surgery (also called orthognathic surgery) may be required. In these cases, oral surgery is performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment.
How Does Oral Surgery Work?
A combined orthodontic / orthognathic surgery case is typically treated as follows: 1. A patient is evaluated by Dr. Simister or Dr. Leaver to determine if their case can be treated with orthodontics alone, or if oral surgery will also be required. 2. If surgery is indicate, a treatment plan is made, and braces are placed. 3. After approximately 6-12 months in braces (depending on the level of pre-surgical preparation required), surgery is performed by an oral surgeon specialist. 4. After surgery, the patient will be monitored by the oral surgeon for several weeks. 5. The patient then returns to our office where Dr. Simister or Dr. Leaver finish the orthodontic treatment, usually lasting another 6-12 months after surgery.
What is the Recovery Time for Oral Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is often intimidating to patients. However, you may be surprised to discover just how simple the process really is. Patients often return to work within 1 week of surgery and typically report that their surgery was easier and less painful than anticipated. Dr. Simister and Dr. Leaver will work closely with you and the oral surgeon to ensure that your combined treatment is as simple and comfortable as possible.