Orthognathic surgery is a term that describes surgical correction of the jaws and face for improved oral health. Few patients who seek orthodontic treatment will require orthognathic surgery.
One way Whitney Orthodontics in Sugar Hill are able to reduce the number of patients who require surgical orthodontics is by spreading the word of the importance of having children evaluated by an orthodontist by age 7. There are many interceptive treatments that can be used in growing children that eliminate the need for surgical treatment in the future.
Orthognathic surgeries are called for in cases of dental and skeletal abnormalities brought on by birth defects or facial injuries. Other reasons for needing surgery include:
- Temporomandibular joint issues
- Facial asymmetry
- Excessive tooth wear
- Severe underbite or overjet