In severe cases of bad or misaligned bites, jaw bone abnormalities, and malocclusion, oral surgery may be necessary. Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery complex craniofacial cases that involve the mouth, jaw, face, and skull. Dr. Puckett is a maxillofacial surgeon who can help you address severe orthodontic concerns.
The most common oral surgery procedures to correct orthodontic concerns include:
- Exposure of impacted teeth – canines are most common
- Removal of erupted and impacted permanent teeth
- Removal of retained or ankylosed primary teeth
- Removal of extra or “supernumerary” teeth
- Early removal of wisdom teeth interfering with proper eruption of second molar teeth
- Surgical repositioning of improperly positioned teeth
- Temporary anchorage device (TAD) placement
In most cases, these procedures are done for patients under the age of 18. This is ideal, as the formations of the jaw are not yet set and are more malleable for treatment. However, we can treat adults as well, including patients well into their fourth or fifth decades. You may benefit from orthodontic surgery at any age, though the treatment tends to be more complicated the older you are.
Most of these procedures are needed in the patient population under the age of 18. However, with more adults in orthodontic treatment, we have also treated patients into the fourth and fifth decades to assist with the orthodontic plan.