Summit Aesthetics specializes in enhancing the intricate facial features from the surface skin with laser treatments and facials to deep beneath the tissue in oral and maxillofacial surgical procedures, performed with Dr. Kuerschner’s meticulous surgical techniques. Other maxillofacial procedures offered at Summit Aesthetics include both osteogenesis and jaw surgery.
Osteogenesis surgery is a procedure that can help correct oral and facial deformities or defects. It is often referred to as “distraction osteogenesis.” Distraction osteogenesis is when your surgeon separates (known as distraction) an area of bone so that new bone can grow in between to lengthen the bone to correct facial or oral flaws.
Does osteogenesis surgery cause any pain?
Osteogenesis is not extremely painful as it is performed while you are under anesthesia. After your surgery, Dr. Kuerschner will provide you with a prescription for pain relief medication to help keep any pain to a minimum. Many patients report that braces are more painful that distraction osteogenesis.
How is the recovery from osteogenesis surgery, and will I have any scars?
The initial recovery from osteogenesis takes about five days, followed by the distraction phase (where the bone continues to separate) of about one to two weeks dependent on your particular case. Finally, there must be a retention phase of six to eight weeks will follow for the new bone to form and properly fuse. Distraction osteogenesis is performed within the mouth, which means there will be no visible scars after your surgery.
Jaw surgery, otherwise known as orthognathic surgery, is a procedure to correct several oral, dental, and facial issues. Corrective jaw surgery can improve your ability to sleep, speak, chew, and even breathe. Orthognathic surgery can be performed on both the upper and lower jaw as well as chin.
Reasons for corrective jaw surgery:
- Sleep apnea
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Issues with breathing
- Repair facial injuries, deformities, or defects
- Relieve pain caused by TMJ (temporomandibular joint)
- Repair facial asymmetries such as overbites, crossbites, and underbites