Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed by Singapore oral and maxillofacial surgeons to correct skeletal or dental irregularities that cause functional and aesthetic issues in affected patients. For patients who have been advised that they could benefit from orthognathic surgery, one of the most common concerns is what they can expect after surgery – especially how long it will take to make a complete recovery. While recovery time does vary from one patient to another according to individual circumstances, we can provide a general idea of how recovery goes for the average patient.
About Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery uses a combination of orthodontic and surgical treatments to correct dental and jaw abnormalities. Issues that are treated with orthognathic surgery include misalignment of jaws and teeth, which can cause problems that include overbite, underbite, open bite and cross bite, among others. These conditions can cause difficulties with chewing, speech and breathing, as well as long-term dental problems. They can also be the source of aesthetic issues, such as an abnormally prominent or recessed chin, a lower jaw that appears elongated or unusually prominent upper teeth.
Singapore orthognathic surgery patients can expect to begin the process with several months of orthodontic care, during which braces and other treatment methods will be employed to reposition teeth in preparation for corrective jaw surgery. Then, a Singapore oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform the surgical portion of treatment, during which one jaw or both will be resized, reshaped or repositioned to achieve proper jaw alignment. Most patients will then go on to have another round of orthodontic treatment to fine-tune tooth positioning in their newly symmetrical jaws.