Interdisciplinary Services

Orthognathic Surgery

At Smile Darmawangsa Dental Care, if required, patients can also undergo Orthognathic Surgery.

Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic Surgery is a surgery to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, malocclusion problems to skeletal disharmonies, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. Originally coined by Dr. Harold Hargis, D.M.D., it is also used in treatment of congenital conditions like cleft palate. Bones can be cut and re-aligned, then held in place with either screws or plates and screws.

 

Indications

  1. Gross jaw discrepancies (Anteropsterior, Vertical and or Transverse discrepancies).
  2. Facial skeletal discrepancies associated with documented sleep apnea, airway defects, and soft tissue discrepancies.
  3. Facial skeletal discrepancies associated with documented temporomandibular joint pathology.

Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is performed by either an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or a craniofacial surgeon in collaboration with an orthodontist. It often includes braces before and after surgery, and retainers after the final removal of braces. Orthognathic surgery is often needed after reconstruction of cleft palate or other major craniofacial anomalies. Careful coordination between the surgeon and orthodontist is essential to ensure that the teeth will fit correctly after the surgery. This coordination often necessitates that the surgeon be also trained in dentistry, where complex concepts of occlusion between upper and lower teeth are taught
(Source: Wikipedia)