Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of orthodontic treatment Dr. Dhingra may recommend to correct severe cases that include bad bites, jawbone abnormalities, and malocclusion. The need for surgical orthodontics occurs when the jaws do not line up correctly, and a proper bite cannot be achieved with orthodontic treatment alone. During your initial consultation at our Springfield, Beavercreek, or Bellefontaine office, Dr. Dhingra will discuss with you the need for surgical orthodontics and recommend a local oral surgeon.
How Surgical Orthodontics Works
Surgical orthodontics works simultaneous with orthodontic treatment. Whether it be for a bite issue or and expansion issue, the oral surgery will be done then we will work with the correct elastics or appliances to help move things forward with your treatment.
Your oral surgery will be completed by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon in a hospital or outpatient setting. Orthognathic surgery can take several hours depending on each individual case. Once the surgery is complete, you will have about a two-week rest period. Since orthognathic surgery is a major treatment, we recommend that you schedule some time away from work and school during the healing process. After your jaw has healed, Dr. Dhingra will “fine-tune” your bite using braces or Invisalign® aligners.
While there are always risks when it comes to surgery, the rewards far outnumber them. Oral surgery allows you to get a good bite that fits nicely and helps you chew your food properly, or get the expansion needed to help avoid extracting teeth.
Orthognathic surgery can help restore your confidence and leave you smiling with confidence for many years to come. To learn more, please schedule an appointment at our Springfield, Beavercreek, or Bellefontaine orthodontic office.