Treatments

Orthognathic Surgery in Santee, CA

Our jaw and teeth are just among the several most important parts of our faces; we use them daily for habits that we take for granted such as eating, chewing, talking, smiling and so on. As such, it is essential to take good care of them and provide them with the proper maintenance they need.   Orthognathic surgery (or corrective jaw surgery) came from the Greek words of ‘orthos’ and ‘gnathic’ which mean ‘straighten’ and ‘jaw,’ respectively. It revolves around lengthening or shortening the jaw or moving it in whichever direction to achieve a more pleasant and healthy fit, bite and appearance. At Santee Orthognathic, we are specialists in this field and will ensure you receive the best professional service to fit your jaw issues.

How is Orthognathic Surgery Performed?

The preparations for our orthognathic surgery starts with orthodontic treatment (braces) which usually spans nine to fourteen months. This is an integral part of the success of the treatment.   Presently, orthognathic surgery is commonly performed as a hospital-based operation where the patient would be admitted on the day of his or her surgery and cannot be discharged until the doctor gives the green light.   With the help of our modern-day technology, we use orthodontic appliances before, during and after the surgical operation for jaw realignment. Before surgery is done, everything is planned out first with the use of skeletal analyses, sketches, mock-up surgeries on plaster models and computer imaging as preoperative work-up. These are utilized as precise templates for the positioning of the jaws.   After the carefully well-thought out and prepared planning is done, we will perform the treatment in the operating room. We provide technically advanced instrumentation, tested and precise surgical techniques for jaw realignment using tiny screws, plates, and wires. These plates and screws are only temporary until the jaw mends itself into its new position.

Why Have Orthognathic Surgery?

   If you have questions as to how you can benefit from this procedure, the answer is fairly simple: it is for the sake of improving your facial appearance and giving you a proper bite again.   If you have an improper bite or misaligned jaw bone and ignore your symptoms, you might suffer from a host of problems that range from worsened chewing, speech, oral health or poor facial appearance. You might also experience jaw pain, an open bite where your top row and bottom row of teeth do not touch, breathing difficulties or excessive snoring. Why suffer when orthognathic surgery can solve your problems? This surgery can effectively realign your teeth and jaw bone, giving you a more optimal bite and providing you with a more functional and aesthetical dental-facial relationship. Contact us today to make an appointment to consult Dr. Goodman about your orthognathic surgery.

Call us today and schedule your appointment! 619-202-4552.

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