Norwood MA Office
1 Walpole Street, Norwood, MA 02062
Dr. Jon Turesky provides a variety of oral & maxillofacial surgery procedures in Norwood, MA and Mansfield, MA. Learn more about a surgical procedure by selecting a link from the menu below:
• Wisdom Teeth Surgery
• Dental Extractions
• Dental Implants Dentistry
• Bone Grafting
• Exposure of Impacted Teeth
• Pre-Prosthetic Surgery
• Facial Trauma
• Corrective Jaw Surgery
• Oral Pathology
• TMJ Disorders
• Platelet Rich Plasma
• Pediatric Oral Surgery
• Intravenous General Anesthesia
• Intravenous Conscious Sedation
• Nitrous Oxide Gas Anesthesia
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly due to an abnormality in the position and/or size of the upper and lower jaws. These jaw abnormalities are known as dentofacial deformities because they involve problems with the teeth, jaws and face. Crowded or misaligned teeth are straightened with orthodontic treatment (braces). Misaligned jaws are corrected with orthognathic surgery. Proper treatment of dentofacial deformities requires coordination of care by the orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Both specialists must work together to properly align the teeth and jaws in order to achieve a comfortable, stable, functional and esthetically pleasing result. Correction of dentofacial deformities not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth and jaws meet appropriately and function properly.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with a malocclusion (an improper bite) due to jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the growth of the maxilla (upper jaw) may not match the growth of the mandible (lower jaw) resulting in misalignment of the jaws. Jaw misalignment can adversely affect chewing, speech, comfort and appearance. Jaw misalignment can be due to genetic inheritance, injury to the jaws during early childhood development or birth defects.
Before treatment can be initiated, consultations are required with the orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Complete examination including medical history, facial measurements, photographs, facial and dental radiographs and impressions of teeth for model fabrication will be necessary to properly evaluate the case and plan the surgery. Close correspondence between the orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon is imperative to achieve an optimal result.
During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about all aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together. The coordinated orthodontic and surgical treatment will move your teeth and jaws into a new position that will create an attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.
For a brief narrated overview of the orthognathic surgery process, please click the image on the right. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about orthognathic surgery.
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