Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics

Surgical Orthodontics Gosford, Erina, Central Coast

Surgical Orthodontics is the treatment of choice when the bite problem or skeletal discrepancy is so severe that orthodontic treatment is not enough to correct the problem, or where orthodontics alone would leave you with a compromised facial appearance.

It is the process of combining orthodontics and surgical intervention to achieve treatment goals. This surgery is usually referring to the repositioning of the upper and/or lower jaw into a more harmonious relationship in order to allow the teeth to meet together properly and to improve facial aesthetics.
 

Who Needs Surgical Orthodontic Treatment?

 
Surgical orthodontics may be necessary for someone whose upper and lower jaws, which hold the teeth, are not in their ideal position. Consequently, the upper and lower teeth don’t fit, impairing the ability to bite, chew or speak. We will work in conjunction with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to position your jaws and teeth for optimal function.

Unlike children, adults are no longer growing, so the only way to modify the size or shape of an adult’s jawbones is through surgery.

Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics

N

Improves appearance

N
Improves speech, chewing, and breathing capabilities
N
Corrects severe bite problems

Orthodontics and Surgical Orthodontics

 
Traditionally, surgery is usually done about two-thirds of the way through the orthodontic treatment. Although some new techniques involving surgery first are beginning to show impressive results, the surgery involved can be quite major. For some patients, this can be a step too far to what they are willing to have done, and so sometimes a nonsurgical compromise is their preferred option.

Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics

N

Improves appearance

N
Improves speech, chewing, and breathing capabilities
N
Corrects severe bite problems

Orthodontics and Surgical Orthodontics

 
Traditionally, surgery is usually done about two-thirds of the way through the orthodontic treatment. Although some new techniques involving surgery first are beginning to show impressive results, the surgery involved can be quite major. For some patients, this can be a step too far to what they are willing to have done, and so sometimes a nonsurgical compromise is their preferred option.

What to Expect?

 
The actual surgical procedure is carried out by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and requires a general anaesthetic. You will need some days or even a week off work or school during the recovery phase.

It is almost always planned at the start of treatment, and that’s why the initial discussions are important. It is critical to take the time to make sure you’re fully informed about all the different options before proceeding.

There are also some risks involved in surgery that should be considered, including the usual risks posed by a general anaesthetic, numbness of the lower lip and chin, and other aspects such as wound infection. Just because surgery is an option for your orthodontic treatment does not mean it is compulsory. However, if an ideal or perfect outcome is demanded, then surgery might be the only way. Depending on the wishes and goals of the patient, a compromise might be an equally satisfactory option, which is why it’s important to have a thorough initial consultation before starting treatment.

There are other less invasive parts of treatment which might be considered surgical, which can include placement of plates or pins to act as anchors to help move the teeth in a certain direction, the uncovering of impacted teeth, or the removal of teeth, such as wisdom teeth.

If you or your child have bite problems, call us now or fill in the enquiry form. Our expert orthodontists will get in touch with you to answer all your questions. We look forward to meeting you at one of our clinics.

What to Expect?

The actual surgical procedure is carried out by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and requires a general anaesthetic. You will need some days or even a week off work or school during the recovery phase.

It is almost always planned at the start of treatment, and that’s why the initial discussions are important. It is critical to take the time to make sure you’re fully informed about all the different options before proceeding.

There are also some risks involved in surgery that should be considered, including the usual risks posed by a general anaesthetic, numbness of the lower lip and chin, and other aspects such as wound infection. Just because surgery is an option for your orthodontic treatment does not mean it is compulsory. However, if an ideal or perfect outcome is demanded, then surgery might be the only way. Depending on the wishes and goals of the patient, a compromise might be an equally satisfactory option, which is why it’s important to have a thorough initial consultation before starting treatment.

There are other less invasive parts of treatment which might be considered surgical, which can include placement of plates or pins to act as anchors to help move the teeth in a certain direction, the uncovering of impacted teeth, or the removal of teeth, such as wisdom teeth.

If you or your child have bite problems, call us now or fill in the enquiry form. Our expert orthodontists will get in touch with you to answer all your questions. We look forward to meeting you at one of our clinics.

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Our experience with Central Coast Orthodontics has always been a positive one. Dr King has an obvious passion for his work. The practice has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere where all staff communicate well and show great respect for each other.

Sarah D'Arth

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