Put simply, orthognathic surgery is corrective jaw surgery. It corrects skeletal and dental irregularities — not just to improve your appearance, but fix functional problems like breathing, chewing and speaking.
During surgery, the jaw bones are modified or repositioned, and set into place with surgical plates and screws. This can only be done by a trained and licensed oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). Dr. Firas Osman has performed this procedure many times, with successful results.
In many cases, orthognatic surgery is combined with orthodontic treatment.
Jaw surgery is recommended in cases where structural problems in the jaw are affecting your appearance and overall health. This can include:
Every case is different, and you will be given a clear picture of the course of treatment during your personal consultation. This includes:
Since most of the incisions are made inside the mouth, the scars will appear as white lines along the gums. As expected from a major surgical procedure, there will be swelling and bruising. You will be given antibiotics and pain medication to prevent infection and discomfort.
This varies according to each case, but in general jaw surgery will require about 5 days of hospitalization. You will be able to move your mouth and be up and about within the first few days, and bruises and swelling subside within a week.
However, recovery time may take up to a month. You will need to adjust your routine and habits to give your body time to heal. During this time, Dr. Firas Osman and his team will be monitoring your progress. You may be asked to come in for weekly check-ups, and later on, come in for follow-up appointments every 3 months.
Orthodontics can help finetune teeth alignment to suit the new position of your jaws. This can take anywhere between 3 to 12 months, depending on your case.