Facial asymmetry, retracted maxilla, prominent mandibula, lack of cheekbones, small chin, sloping jawline and malocclusion. Those are some of the problems solved by orthognatic surgery.
Orthognatic surgery is a procedure aimed to correct the position and alignment of facial bones, whether due to congenital malformation or to traumatic accidents.
Orthognatic surgery target specific facial bones, the maxilla (upper jaw) and the mandibula (lower jaw) and all connected facial bones. The goal is to relocate these bones in their correct position and restore their proper functionality. The most common problems treated include: - Unpleasant aesthetic appearance, - Facial asymmetry - Breathing difficulties, - Poor swallowing and digestion of food - Periodontal infections, - Malocclusion of one or both jaws - Chin retraction - “Neanderthal” protruding jaw - Non-existing cheekbones and/or sloping jawline which negatively affects the patient’s psychological condition and social relations at school, work or the daily environment.
In these cases, patients usually need to follow a two-step process involving the joint skills and expertise of a Team of professionals: firstly, an initial orthodontic procedure is necessary to rebalance the occlusion of the teeth. The Orthodontist will take care of this step.
After the first step of orthodontic appliances is completed, the second step involves surgical intervention, through which the upper and lower jaws are cut and reinstalled within the normal parameters.