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Orthognathic surgery,can it restore vertical dimension?

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Posted by: typein  (9 years ago)
Hi,

I had 4 teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment 5 years ago. The orthodontist closed the spaces of the extracted teeth pushing everything back. I ended up without a lip and cheek support. Now I have flat profile. I am wondering if orthognathic surgery can help to give support to my facial structure. If the extraction caused all the damage to my face should I go to the dentist for solutions or should I opt for cosmetic surgery? Please Help!!!
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Posted by: diamond  (9 years ago)
The best place to start would be your dentist. Look for a functional orthodontist or a traditional orthodontist who knows functional orthodontic technique.
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Posted by: jameshan  (9 years ago)
Hello Typein!

Yes, it can correct the condition of your facial structure but you have to talk to your dentist first about this since your
problem started after the teeth extraction.

Good luck!
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Posted by: toothaven  (9 years ago)
Let your dentist know about this first to avoid any future problem on the cosmetic procedure which can be caused by the extracted teeth.
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Hi,

I had 4 teeth extracted for orthodontic treatment 5 years ago. The orthodontist closed the spaces of the extracted teeth pushing everything back. I ended up without a lip and cheek support. Now I have flat profile. I am wondering if orthognathic surgery can help to give support to my facial structure. If the extraction caused all the damage to my face should I go to the dentist for solutions or should I opt for cosmetic surgery? Please Help!!!


It's unfortunate that you've lost lip and cheek support from the tooth extractions. Yes, orthognathic surgery can help restore your facial support. It would require moving both your upper and lower jaws forward to keep your bite stable. The surgery is very routine and takes about 5 hours under general anesthesia. It would also require some orthodontic treatment before and after surgery in order to control your bite, or occlusion. You should see an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is experienced in orthognathic surgery for a detailed evaluation.
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