Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems / Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Technology & Orthognathic Surgery
Wayne uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using conebeam CT 3d imaging, Trios 3D optical scanning and computer virtual planning, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Wayne’s goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery and what to expect.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Wayne will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
IV Sedation Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy and Genioplasty
Due to the number of cases Wayne treats, performing lower jaw surgery has become streamlined and we are now offering this surgery including genioplasty under IV sedation in our rooms. This switches the procedure from an expensive and “serious” operation to a much simpler procedure performed in our rooms and you can go home 1 hour later. Patients have found this a much easier procedure under IV sedation and the cost is reduced by half at $9500 for a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy. There is no overnight stay in hospital and recovery is fast.