Orthognathic Surgery is a field of the maxillofacial specialty and is entrusted specifically to diagnose and treat dental and facial disharmonies via surgical procedures.
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and the patient seeks a correction of the bite and/or their facial appearance. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws.
Among these the most common problem is the prognathism, or excesses of growth of either jawbones. These alterations may result in an esthetically not pleasing position or non function of the dental arcades with bad positioning of the teeth and alterations of speech and chewing.
To treat these patients correctly and effectively there must be a conjunct management between the orthodontist and the maxillofacial surgeon.This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. Corrective surgery can eliminate jaw and jaw muscle pain and prevent abnormal wear or loss of teeth
The Maxillofacial Surgeon is qualified with the knowledge and abilities to carry out diagnosis and the surgical procedures for treating orthognathic aesthetical problems.