Attending to the Bite with Orthognathic Surgery

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Orthognathic SurgeryEach person’s jaw develops at a unique rate. This rate of growth may not only differ from one person to another, but also from one jaw to another; meaning, the upper and lower jaws. When the upper and lower jaw do not develop a relative speed, a child may develop speech difficulties, chewing difficulties, and a subsequent struggle with self-esteem. Additional problems that may evolve include poor oral health and poor self-image due to a weak facial profile. To address issues such as these, discerning orthodontists collaborate with an oral surgeon experienced in orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery is a procedure in which the jaw is the central focus. Orthodontics can alter the bite by repositioning teeth, but orthodontic treatment alone cannot change the structure of the jawbone to support the ideal bite.

Structural Integrity a Necessity for Optimal Oral Wellness

A bad bite, or malocclusion, can be a major problem. Upper and lower teeth are supposed to fit together when we chew. The contact made between opposing teeth distributes force evenly across both arches. If some teeth meet and others do not, excessive wear will occur on those that come together, because they are enduring more force than they should. But damage does not stop there. Underlying bone may also deteriorate over time due to the burden of over-stimulation.

Dr. Sultan is a Board Certified Diplomate of the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. The extent of his dedication to advanced education, and numerous years in practice make him a sought-after specialist in cases relating to complex structural issues of the face and jaw. Performing a comprehensive examination, he can predict the potential long-term impact of malocclusion, such as tooth loss.

Our teeth are integral to our facial esthetic, to good oral health, and also to our general sense of well-being and confidence. In order to attain this, teeth must be healthy and functional. When malocclusion exists, everything from chewing comfort to the ability to close the lips is affected. Inefficient structure may also create a vulnerability to injury. Orthognathic surgery can correct malocclusion, which can maximize the benefits of orthodontic care.

Does your child have a bad bite? Explore your treatment options at Sultan Center for Oral Facial Surgery. Call (954) 771-8772.