Sagittal split osteotomy is a surgical procedure adopted to treat dentofacial deformities of the jaw in a person. The surgery corrects the deformity by either moving the under-b...
Sagittal split osteotomy is a surgical procedure adopted to treat dentofacial deformities of the jaw in a person. The surgery corrects the deformity by either moving the under-bite (over-projection of the lower jaw) or the lower bite backwards (excessive projection of the upper jaw).
Sagittal split osteotomy is one of the many surgical processes that improve the functioning of the jaw. When the size of a person’s lower jaw and the upper jaw is not the same...
Sagittal split osteotomy is one of the many surgical processes that improve the functioning of the jaw. When the size of a person’s lower jaw and the upper jaw is not the same, they result in overbite and underbite. Overbite is an excessive projection in the upper jaw, while in underbite the lower jaw is a bit projected than its original form, causing the jaw and teeth to come out beyond symmetry. Due to overbite and underbite, the teeth and jaw do not fit in the mouth, and hence there is not ample space for the teeth inside the jaw. Sagittal split osteotomy corrects this disorder efficiently.
Steps to take before the surgery
Our team of doctors at Medanta will create a treatment plan tailored for the patient, and will thoroughly prepare him for the surgery. Our team will answer all of the questions and concerns about the surgical process, from pre-surgical preparation to recovery, and beyond.
What happens during the surgery?
The surgery starts with a dose of anaesthesia. After the anaesthesia has taken effect, a tube is inserted through the nostril to the throat, which helps patient to breathe properly during the surgery. Incisions or surgical cuts are made through gums to access the jaws. Depending upon the condition (underbite or overbite) the jaw are straightened and pulled back to a new position. Metal screws that are undetectable, secure the new position of the jaw. Then the incisions on the gums are closed with stitches. These stitches dissolve themselves within a course of 2-3 weeks.
After the procedure
After the surgery is performed, the patient is closely monitored. Painkillers might be given in the case of prolonged pain. The patient may have to take fluid diet for a few weeks, as the jaw heels and new position develops.
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