What is orthognathic surgery? What does it consist of?
Orthognathic surgery is surgery that moves the bones of the face to get the teeth fit perfectly and at the same time, we get that face acquire proper proportions, with which we improve the facial and dental aesthetics.
What are the benefits to the patient?
The most important advantage of orthognathic surgery is to get the teeth fit perfectly in cases where orthodontic treatment would not be enough. When getting your teeth fit perfectly improve the aesthetics of the smile, very significantly, but also will improve chewing and in many cases will improve the pain that the patient could be at the level of the temporomandibular joint. Another advantage of orthognathic surgery, as important as the first, would be to reposition the bones of the face will get a more proportionate face, that is, we will improve significantly in many cases the facial aesthetics.
How is postoperative? It is painful?
Although it may seem otherwise postoperative orthognathic surgery is very painful, controlling perfectly with oral anti-inflammatory. Orthognathic surgery has evolved dramatically in recent years, not only in the art, but also by the emergence of a sophisticated 3D programs planning, got very perfect planning, shortening the surgical time tremendously. That translates into low postoperative hospital stay, 24/48 hours, and a very quick recovery.
How long is the recovery?
The period of inflammation of orthognathic surgery is to last about 7 to 10 days. And the recovery will depend very much on whether we have operated only one of the jaws or have operated the two. Should we only operated the upper or lower jaw, recovery to return to a normal life ranges from 15 to 20 days. If we have operated the two jaws are talking about a recovery to recover a normal life, over a period of about a month.