It is the surgical correction of growth abnormalities of the upper and/or lower jaw, when they don’t meet correctly. Orthodontics straightens the teeth for the patient and our procedure repositions the jaws in correct alignment.
Those with improper bite or improperly positioned jaws benefit greatly from this surgery. In some instances, through the growth process, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. That creates a number of problems that effect daily life – even minute by minute. Chewing function. Speech. Appearance. Long-term oral health and sleep apnea.
While Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved, Utah Oral & Facial Surgeons has the expertise required to correct any misalignments. This life changing surgery can correct significant underbites, overbites, open bites and facial imbalance.
Technology is a wonderful thing, and of the many advances that occur in medicine every year, computer modeling has to be one of the most influential changes to how Utah Oral & Facial Surgeons performs jaw surgery. Computer modeling accomplishes the best possible results for orthognathic patients. Using this technology, surgery is performed virtually prior to the actual procedure.
First the patient comes in for a consultation. We discuss the motivation for possible jaw surgery, the risks, benefits and need for surgery. A thorough exam of the face, airway, jaw joints, and bite are performed. Often at this point, orthodontics will be recommended to align the teeth appropriately in the jaws.
Other visits are often required to ensure proper movement of teeth through orthodontics and to evaluate if any facial, jaw or jaw joint changes are occurring.
Once a patient is determined to be ready for surgery, final records including pictures, a cone beam CT scan, models of the upper and lower teeth are taken.
A surgical plan is then created to correct the patient’s bite, facial imbalance, asymmetry and airway.
The surgical plan is then translated to a virtual environment. Using specific software, data from the cone beam CT scan creates a 3D image of the patient. From here the actual surgery can be performed prior to actually going to surgery.
This allows the surgeon to measure the initial position of the face; and then to make movements of the teeth, jaws and face precisely.
Computer modeling helps the surgeon evaluate the entire move of the face, jaws and teeth in a virtual environment, yet in the patient’s true anatomic form.
When procedure is performed on patient’s actual anatomy it is more precise. Measurements are made to the best of the surgeon’s ability within one hundredths of a millimeter.
These are images from our CT scan which is done in our office. Using these images and the information from the clinical exam, Utah Oral & Facial Surgeons works with a bio-engineer and is able to virtually perform the surgery on a computer prior to the actual surgery.
Most patients should plan on a short period of down time consisting of at least 1 week, and six weeks without strenuous physical activity. However, mild activity can be resumed two to three weeks after surgery. Healing is unique for each individual.
This procedure can be performed in Dr. Stosich’s state of the art surgical suite or in an operating room of the hospital. It may include an overnight stay.
The process begins with an evaluation from your orthodontist. Once your orthodontist has determined you would benefit from orthognathic surgery, a consultation with Dr. Stosich can occur. Your orthodontist will then begin orthodontic therapy with braces. During this time you may be asked to follow up with Dr. Stosich for an occasional checkup. Eventually your orthodontist will recommend the surgery be performed. Following the surgery, braces will most likely be required for several months to make any last correction.
Many insurance plans cover this surgery. After a consultation with Dr. Stosich, our office staff will check with your insurance company to determine your insurance benefit. We take pride in knowing we can help you get coverage for your procedure, and we work tirelessly with insurance carriers for you.
Significant costs that are normally acquired during a hospital stay can be eliminated by having the surgery performed in Dr. Stosich’s operating suite. The actual cost of surgery is often similar, or slightly more than what you would pay for the treatment of braces. We can also supply you with several options for financing if needed.