03 Feb What is prognathism and how can it be treated?
Prognathism is a craniofacial abnormality where the lower mandible (jawbone) protrudes outward. This condition can cause the biting surfaces of teeth make improper contact. Prognathism can also strain the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) that connect the lower jawbone to the cranium. When orthodontists and general dentists can’t rectify this condition with orthodontic treatment or restorations, patients may be referred to an oral surgeon for orthognathic (jaw) surgery.
When and why is jaw surgery necessary?
Jaw surgery is necessary when the alignment of the jawbones is affecting quality of life and oral function. Additionally, when orthodontics and restorative dentistry cannot rectify a malocclusion, the jaws may require surgical treatment. Orthognathic surgery involves repositioning to lower jaw to align healthier with the TMJs, and subsequently the upper jaw.
In cases of prognathism and other jaw abnormalities, patients can experience discomfort during oral function and have a noticeably disproportionate appearance.
Why choose an oral surgeon?
An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a dentist with intense training and advanced education to operate a practice as a specialist. The specialty of oral and maxillofacial surgery encompasses a number of oral health diagnoses and treatments that affect the entire oral cavity and craniofacial region. After attaining a standard DDS, an OMS will then work toward an additional focused degree, residency training, and rigorous testing for board certification. An OMS is intimately familiar with all the structures and intricacies of the whole oral health system and face—this includes soft tissues like nerves and muscles as well as bone and teeth. This means that an oral surgeon can provide incredibly focused treatment for patients suffering with misaligned jawbones and disfigurement from traumatic injuries or developmental abnormalities.
When it comes to providing orthognathic surgery, patients will first consult with our surgeon. At their consultation, they will get a chance to learn more about their treatment and why it’s necessary after an oral examination is performed. During surgical treatments, our guests will be given pain-relieving, anesthetics to ensure a comfortable experience.
For more information, call us today at Central Oklahoma Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates to schedule an appointment.