Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is used to correct conditions related to the structure of the face and jaw which causes orthodontic problems like, TMJ disorder, malocclusions, and other problems that cannot be treated with normal braces. If you have been advised to get an orthognathic surgery, here are 5 questions that you need to ask your dentist before your Orthognathic surgery.
‘Orthognathic is derived from two Greek words ‘Orthos’ and “Gnathos’ which means ‘straight’ and ‘jaws’ respectively. Thus the word “Orthognathic” literally means straight jaws or straightening of jaws. Orthognathic surgery is the process of correcting or straightening any crookedness or deformity of the jaws. This surgery is mostly done to correct such deformities that may cause discomfort while talking, eating, chewing, etc. Orthognathic surgery is also done to improve the way the teeth fit together and to optimize the facial proportions in people who have obstructive sleep apnea. Apart from the functional benefits of getting orthognathic surgery, there are also aesthetic benefits of getting orthognathic surgery. Today, orthognathic surgery involves a wide spectrum of surgical procedures that can be done on the upper jaw, lower jaw, and the chin to improve the form and the function of the jaw.
TMJ stands for Temporomandibular joint. This joint is commonly referred to as the jaw joint and it assists in the opening and closing of the jaw. Many reasons are said to cause problems to the TMJ. So can Orthognathic Surgery fix TMJ problems?
What is a Gummy Smile?
The definition of a gummy smile depends on aesthetics and perception. But the underlying concept of a gummy smile is when the teeth and the gum tissue of the upper jaw are not in harmony. People with gummy smiles often feel reluctant to smile and can make a person self-conscious. Most people are unaware, but gummy smiles are not a big deal and can be fixed in various ways.