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Thanks for the question. As an oral & maxillofacial surgeon, jaw surgery is a very technical dental procedure that is under our dental specialty. Each successful case requires close teamwork and communication between an oral surgeon and orthodontist.
Your oral surgeon will first determine what type of corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate in your case. He/she is also the one carrying out the procedure.
I normally do a joint consultation with an orthodontist at our group practice for my patients so that they are clear of the entire process – orthodontics and surgery. During the consultation, a CT-scan and radiographs will be taken so that your dental condition can be correctly diagnosed.
The surgery portion is performed after the pre-surgical orthodontic phase is completed, when your teeth are in the correct surgical alignment.
Here are some common types of jaw surgery:
When the jaw is aligned, the new alignment will be held together with screws and plates underneath your gums. These screws and plates are osseointegrated and fully compatible with your body, hence there is no need to take them out.
The surgery is mostly done from the inside of your mouth so that there are no scars on your face, chin, jaw and around the mouth. In some cases, a small cut may be made on the jaw, but it will eventually go away after a few weeks.
You will be under general anesthesia during the surgery so that you are completely unconscious.