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Orthognathic surgery is used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to correct jaw alignment and bite issues, helping to improve a patient’s ability to speak, breathe, and chew. It may even improve facial appearance.
All jaw growth must be completed before undergoing jaw surgery. Jaw growth can be complete as early as age 16 in girls, and as early as age 18 in boys (though this may vary from patient to patient), but pre-surgical tooth movement can begin 1-2 years prior to those ages.
Candidates for jaw surgery include those who have severe malocclusions such as an underbite, an overbite, constricted upper and lower arches (posterior crossbite), protruding front teeth, anterior underbite, deviation of midlines, cleft palate, craniofacial abnormalities, etc. Dr. Turke is trained to identify these anomalies and to advise you on the proper course of treatment in correcting these issues; he can also help you select an excellent oral / maxillofacial surgeon in or around Tampa, FL, or Brandon, FL, to perform your procedure.
Your pre-surgical orthodontic treatment will usually last about 6-18 months, and you will continue your regularly scheduled orthodontic appointments for adjustments to your braces. During that time, you may think your bite is getting worse, which is normal; however, once the orthognathic surgery has properly aligned your jaws, your teeth will fit together properly, leaving you with a functional bite.
The surgery itself is performed under general anesthesia and may take several hours, depending upon the complexity of the case. You or your child may require lower jaw surgery, upper jaw surgery, or both.
Your surgeon most likely will release you to return to school or work within a week or two of the procedure.
The total healing process can take anywhere from 4-8 weeks and may require Dr. Turke to “fine-tune” your bite during that time.
In most cases, your braces will be removed within 6-12 months following your surgery. Dr. Turke will then fit you with a retainer to maintain your beautiful new smile!