In the case of serious problems, orthodontic surgical treatment may be needed. You can be certain that we have the expertise to identify those issues, which may be conditions like severe misalignments and jaw abnormalities.
Our goal is to ensure that if any orthodontic issues occur in your life, you will trust in our expert knowledge to identify and make sure that those problems are resolved.
Orthodontics Surgical Treatment is used for severe issues that cannot be taken care of with orthodontics alone. This generally includes problems like jaw bone irregularities and serious misalignment of teeth. Braces are typically placed prior to surgery and remain in use until full healing has occurred.
It is necessary for an oral surgeon to perform surgical treatment in a hospital. We will work alongside the surgeon during the entire process to make sure that the final results are a success.
When is Surgery Required?
To determine whether surgery will be required for a specific situation, diagnostic imaging along with orthodontic x-rays will be performed to ensure that we have all information required.
Here are a few examples where orthodontic surgery may be needed:
1. Serious misalignments 2. Severe protruding or receding upper jaw 3. Abnormalities in jaw bone 4. Severe overjet which occurs when top front teeth protrude over bottom teeth 5. Teeth are too prominent or too small
Surgery should be done only on females aged 14 – 16 or males 17 -21 when bone growth is complete.
The Surgical Procedure and Its Aftermath
Orthodontics surgical treatment generally takes several hours to complete. It is performed under general anesthesia by an oral surgeon. Surgery is usually done inside your mouth to ensure there is no facial scarring, although sometimes small incisions are required outside of the mouth. Braces that have been placed will remain on so that the jaw bone and teeth will be kept stable
During surgery bone will be removed or shifted to restore proper movement of your jaw. In order to secure the bone, tiny screws, wires or rubber bands will be employed. These will assimilate into the bone structure over time.
Approximately six weeks will be needed for healing and recovery following the procedure. At that time, our orthodontic team in Edina will see that the integrity of the results is maintained by performing minimal adjustments. Total combined orthodontic treatment and surgery generally require approximately one to three years.
Once this combined treatment is fully complete, your facial symmetry will be restored, teeth function will be as it should be, and your general health will be better than ever.
Why Choose Us For Your Surgical Needs?
The expertise of our orthodontists and staff at ( ) in Edina means that we can ensure that you can make an educated decision when it comes to orthodontics surgical treatment. Our continuing education in orthodontics keeps us fully qualified in all advancements in our industry.
We are excited when we see the confidence that our patients enjoy once surgery is complete and appreciate your trust in us for the completion of your care.
Contact us today if you feel that you are experiencing a problem that may require a surgical procedure.