Know the benefits of orthognathic surgery

Written by: Dr. Tomás Palazón Tovar
Edited by: Patricia Pujante Crespo

Orthognathic surgery has two basic objectives: to improve facial harmony and aesthetics, and get a good aesthetic and functional dental occlusion. In addition, a widening of the upper airway is also generated and can eliminate apnea / hypopnea, to improve air flow. The results are very favorable, combining orthognathic surgery before and after orthodontics.


Orthognathic surgery: what is

Orthognathic surgery may be considered orthopedic surgery of the jaw. Is a point of teamwork between the maxillofacial surgeon and orthodontist. This type of intervention has two basic objectives: first, to improve facial harmony and aesthetics, and the second and not least, get a good aesthetic and functional dental occlusion. It is also capable of generating a widening of the light of the above pharynx and hypopharynx level airway, can eliminate episodes of apnea / hypopnea occurring during sleep of habitual snorer patient.


Who can undergo orthognathic surgery

This procedure is aimed at all those with abnormalities of growth and development maxillo-mandibular complex craniofacial syndromes, certain sequelae of facial trauma syndrome and patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) refractory to conservative measures.


Contraindications of orthognathic surgery

There are few absolute contraindications that would prevent a patient undergoing this type of procedure, being the age and associated comorbidities (conditions that increase anesthetic risk and complications intra / post-operative) the main reasons why your maxillofacial surgeon will advise against intervention. In all cases it will be verified that there are no conditions that contraindicate surgery under general anesthesia, periodontal treatments and relevant dental Conservatives made, and the wisdom teeth are exodonciarán, if necessary, at least six months before surgery.


Pretreatment to orthognathic surgery

The treatment sequence "Orthodontic-surgery orthognathic-orthodontic" will take place in the vast majority of cases. If you are interested in this type of intervention should know that it is very likely have to follow a pre- and post-surgery orthodontic treatment, in order to get a correct arrangement of the teeth relative to their skeletal base jaws, thereby increasing the effectiveness intervention to aesthetic and functional level.

Results of orthognathic surgery

It is important to note that the end result of orthognathic surgery in the hands of teams Maxillofacial Surgeons and specialized Orthodontists in this field is very favorable, significantly improving facial aesthetics, bite , and the airflow of the upper airway after surgery. Recurrence and poor outcomes often result from errors in planning and / or execution of treatment, decreasing drastically this situation by resorting to expert hands.

In the following images you can see examples of preoperative and postoperative. Orthodontics was conducted by Dr.. Carmen Fenollar as a partner because, as mentioned, orthognathic surgery requires pre- and post orthodontics.


Edited by Patricia Crespo Pujante

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Tomás Palazón Tovar
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Palazón Tovar is a premier Maxillofacial Surgeons, noted for his brilliant curriculum and medical excellence in the region of Murcia. He is currently Head of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery of the University Hospital Virgen de la Arrixaca of Murcia, and names and directs the Palazón Clinic, which has facilities equipped with the latest technology to ensure patients the best possible treatments in each case.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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