Orthognathic Surgery Provides a Solution for Severe Tooth Misalignment
Orthognathic surgery is a corrective jaw procedure that may be indicated for patients who suffer from severe tooth malocclusion (misalignment). Conventional braces successfully move teeth into their proper position, but cannot move jaws. If malocclusion is a result of a skeletal issue, orthodontic surgery may be recommended. Dr. L. Douglas Knight works in partnership with an oral and maxillofacial specialist (OMS) to provide a surgical solution for qualifying patients in his Louisville, KY and Radcliff, KY locations.
When is Orthognathic Surgery Necessary?
Corrective jaw surgery is indicated when there is a skeletal issue due to the structure of the bones, and is recommended when a patient’s malocclusion cannot be corrected with conventional braces alone. Because orthodontic surgery is recommended when jaw growth is complete, it is typically performed in adults. On average, a male patient is finished growing by the age of eighteen, and a female patient is finished growing by the age of sixteen. When the upper and lower jaw do not fit together properly, there can be a significant negative impact on health, function, and your quality of life. Some indications you may need orthodontic surgery include:
- Difficulty chewing, eating, or swallowing
- Severe malocclusion, such as an overbite, underbite, open bite, or cross bite
- Difficulty breathing
- Difficulty speaking
- A protruding or receding jaw
- Difficulty touching your lips together
During your complimentary consultation, Dr. Knight will perform an oral examination to determine the overall health of your teeth, bones, muscles, and gums. Your occlusion, or the way your bite fits together, will be closely evaluated, and your concerns about teeth alignment will be addressed. Diagnostic x-rays, scans, and photos will be taken to fully assess your orthodontic needs, and to help determine the most appropriate treatment plan for you. Modern dental technology has tremendously advanced the field of orthodontics, and provides the ability to deliver time-efficient and conservative treatment to our patients. Dr. Knight will thoroughly discuss your options with you, and explain whether or not orthognathic surgery will be necessary for your treatment case. A fully customized and detailed plan will be created for your specific needs, outlining the treatment, approximate timeline, and fees.
What if I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
If Dr. Knight recommends surgical orthodontics as part of your treatment, we will refer you to an oral and maxillofacial specialist who will become part of your dental team. The surgeon and Dr. Knight will work closely together on your case, providing you with the most comprehensive care possible. Our staff at Knight Orthodontics will be here to answer all of your questions regarding your procedure, and will happily coordinate appointments for your convenience to optimize your busy schedule.
The day of your surgery, you will be admitted to a hospital where the oral surgeon will perform the procedure. The surgery time can vary depending on your specific case, but often takes several hours to complete. The hospital staff will ensure all of your questions and concerns are addressed, and that you are comfortable throughout the duration of your procedure.
Schedule a Consultation
When suffering from severe malocclusion, patients can notice a drastic decrease in their quality of life. Orthodontics offer a brilliant smile, but they also provide optimal function to improve your dental and overall health. By investing in your dental health, you gain a lifetime of benefits.
If you are looking to improve your smile, function, and confidence, schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Knight to see which type of orthodontic treatment is right for you. Schedule an appointment online, or call our office at (502) 327-6453 (Louisville) or (270) 351-5151 (Radcliff).