Orthognathic Surgery: Is it Right for Me? | 60467 Oral Surgeon

Many dental issues including overbites, underbites, and teeth crowding can be treated using traditional methods such as braces and Invisalign. However, there are some cases where skeletal or structural irregularities are best addressed by a more invasive approach to treatment. In those situations, our office may suggest orthognathic surgery.

Understanding orthognathic surgery

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is performed when problems with teeth and bite alignment cannot be corrected through traditional orthodontic treatments. While the word “surgery” may sound complex, in fact, many orthognathic surgeries are performed as routine, in-office procedures. For example, wisdom teeth removal is considered a very common type of orthognathic surgery that can be performed in as little as 45 minutes!

What types of dental professionals perform orthognathic surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform orthognathic surgeries. These surgeons have completed four years of dental school, and four additional years in a hospital-based residency program. In addition to advanced training, these professionals are also the only medical practitioners besides anesthesiologists who can administer all levels of sedation and general anesthesia.

Who is a good candidate for orthognathic surgery?

Generally, patients who have tooth misalignment, jaw issues, or facial asymmetry problems that cause difficulty chewing, talking, sleeping, or carrying on routine activities, may benefit from having orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery can also address certain cosmetic concerns and medical conditions, including:

·         Protruding jaws

·         Congenital defects such as cleft palate

·         Unbalanced facial features

·         Open bite, protruding jaw or receding chin

·         Malocclusions (bite problems)

·         Obstructive Sleep Apnea

·         Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth

If you experience difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing, have speech problems, chronic jaw or TMJ pain, you may be a good candidate for orthognathic surgery.

Prioritizing your smile and your oral health

Our office offers various treatment options to effectively address the health and cosmetic concerns that arise from misaligned teeth and/or jaws. Orthognathic surgery is proven to address a number of health issues, while also restoring the functionality of your smile.

If you have more questions and are wondering if orthognathic surgery is right for you, contact our oral surgeon in Orland Park, IL for a consultation. We can provide you with a thorough exam and explore the best treatment options for your specific symptoms and concerns.

Chicago Dental Implants, Oral & Facial Surgery
Phone: (708) 301-5000
10713 W 159th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467

Considering Wisdom Teeth Extraction? Here’s What to Expect | 60435 Oral Surgeon

60435 Oral Surgeon

Having your wisdom teeth extracted may feel like a daunting prospect, especially if you’ve never had oral surgery before. You likely have a list of questions about what to expect before, during and after the procedure. While some anxiety about wisdom teeth extraction is perfectly normal, our dental team is here to walk you through the process and put your concerns to rest.  Here are some of the most frequently asked questions around wisdom teeth removal:

 Q. Why do my wisdom teeth need to be removed?

A. While every patient is unique, you likely need your wisdom teeth extracted to avoid the risk of impaction. Impaction occurs when there is not enough space inside your mouth to accommodate emerging teeth, causing them to grow in at an angle. When this happens, it can lead to overcrowding, discomfort and even plaque build-up and periodontal disease.

Q. What should I expect before surgery?

A. Before your procedure you will consult with your oral surgeon. During this meeting, you can ask questions about the surgery, discuss any pre-existing health concerns, and decide on anesthesia options.

 Q. How long will the procedure take?

A. Most procedures take no more than 45 minutes. You should plan to have someone drive you to our office and drive you home and it is a good idea to take time off from work or school so you can rest at home following the surgery.

 Q. What should I expect after surgery?

 A. Most people experience minimal discomfort after wisdom teeth extraction. You’ll likely have some swelling for a few days, and our office will provide you with a list of foods to eat and those to avoid while your mouth heals.

Wisdom teeth removal is a very safe procedure that millions of people undergo each year. Doing your homework and getting all of your questions answered in advance will help you make an informed decision about your own procedure.  If you still have unanswered questions or you would like more information, please contact our oral surgeon in Orland Park, IL today to schedule an evaluation.

Chicago Dental Implants, Oral & Facial Surgery
Phone: (708) 301-5000
10713 W 159th Street
Orland Park, IL 60467