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Orthognathic Surgery

If the malocclusion of the lower and upper jaw is a more severe problem despite that the disorder in your teeth looks normal, a treatment plan that an orthodontist and surgeon will make together will probably give a much more pleasing result for you.

In cases of underdeveloped or overdeveloped lower jaw (mandibular hypoplasia or prognathism) or underdeveloped or overdeveloped upper jaw (maxillary hypoplasia or prognathism), the best way to solve the problem and rearrange the jaws is the treatment procedure that involves the combined use of braces and surgical intervention that we call orthognathic surgery (or corrective jaw surgery).

Frequently Asked Questions about Orthognathic Surgery

Who are Suitable Candidates for Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery?

Especially patients with severe craniofacial problems that cannot be solved with orthodontic treatment alone are suitable candidates for this treatment. In cases of underdeveloped or overdeveloped lower jaw (mandibular hypoplasia or prognathism) or underdeveloped or overdeveloped upper jaw (maxillary hypoplasia or prognathism), orthodontics and surgery are utilized together to restore the relationship between the upper and lower jaws.

Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Be Applied At All Ages?

The minimum and ideal age for surgery is 18 years of age. The reason for this is the skeletal development. Considering that the physical development of patients, who has not completed their skeletal development, will continue after the surgery, causing the re-deterioration of the condition, the surgery is postponed until the patient turns 18, i.e., until the completion of his/her physical development.

There is no upper age limit. Anyone who has no systemic diseases or problems with the bone-level can receive surgically assisted orthodontic treatment.

Is an Orthodontic Treatment with Braces or Transparent Plaques Needed in a Patient Who Will Have Corrective Jaw Surgery?

With jaw surgery procedures, the relationship between the upper and lower jaws is suddenly made optimum in the three directions of space as front-rear, right-left and top-down. However the only way to make the surgery permanent is to correct the relationship of the teeth between the jaws that has been made ideal. Otherwise, the teeth not in correct relationship in the new position of the jaws hit each other, and this may cause abrasions, tooth loss and pain in the jaw joint.

Therefore, it is necessary to perform an orthodontic treatment intended for the teeth in the lower and upper jaw before or after the surgery.

How Long Should I Be Treated With Braces or Transparent Plaques Before Surgery?

The duration of the pre-operative orthodontic treatment is determined by the extent of crookedness of the teeth and the severity of the problem in their relationship with each other. This usually varies between 6 months and 1.5 years.

Will My Orthodontic Treatment Continue After the Surgery?

Your orthodontic treatment will continue for a period of 3 to 6 months after the operation, in order to make final corrections and observe the new condition.

Is This a Quite Difficult Surgery, and is This Surgery Performed by Orthodontic Specialists?

Orthognathic Surgery procedures are performed by Plastic Surgeons or Maxillofacial Surgeons. Orthodontic specialist, on the other hand, determines which jaw should move in which direction and how much, and prepares plaque or plaques to guide the operation accordingly, to ensure the relationship between the jaws to be ideal before surgery.

These are surgical procedures performed under general anesthesia, and they performed commonly (not rarely). We do not start the treatment of our patient before enabling him/her to get the necessary information by contacting the surgeon who will perform the surgical operation, with intent to ensure him/her to get detailed information about the surgical process.

Can I Eat Comfortably After Surgery?

After a well-planned surgery, you will return to your normal life in a short time. Severe swelling and pain that used to be suffered can now be easily controlled with new techniques and technologies.

What Kind of Scar does Jaw Surgery Leave On My Face?

In jaw surgery, no external intervention is made to your face unless there is a special condition. So, there will be no scars on any part of your face.

As far as I know from the Internet search, This Surgery is Very Difficult, Isn’t it?

Do not rely on comments in the Internet written by unknown writers on unknown dates; instead, make an appointment with your doctor and ask him/her about everything that comes to your mind. You’ll feel much happier this way.

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