Dr Walkow is a specialist in treating advanced cases that involve abnormalities of the jaws which include:
- Severe overbites (Class II malocclusion)
- Severe under bites (Class III malocclusion)
- Skeletal open bites
- Mandibular asymmetry
- Condylar resorption
- Condylar hyperplasia
- Maxillary constriction (skeletal cross bite)
- Gummy smile (vertical maxillary excess)
- Cleft Lip/Palate
Dr Walkow works with some of the top surgeons in the country to achieve the most ideal esthetic and functional results. Our team will provide a comprehensive diagnosis and treatment plan with the goals of facial esthetics, airway health, and overall bite correction. Orthognathic surgery (Jaw surgery) is a big commitment and Dr Walkow wants to make sure you or your child are in the most capable hands.
What is the sequencing of treatment in Surgical Orthodontic cases?
The braces are placed first and to align the teeth in each individual jaw to ideal position. The pre-surgical phase usually lasts about 12-18mos. During that time the patient will be meeting periodically with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and following prescribed protocols which include taking vitamin supplements, anti-inflammatory medications, and removing third molars (wisdom teeth). The jaw surgery is performed with the braces on and the bite is stabilized with rubber bands (no wiring patients shut anymore). After approximately 8 weeks the post-surgical phase of orthodontics will start which involves detailing and stabilization and usually lasts 6-9 mos.
What are the risks associated with jaw surgery?
As with any major medical surgery, there may be certain risks. The process of Orthognathic surgery is not new and our experienced team of surgeons have treated thousands of cases successfully. You will receive a very detailed informed consent when you meet with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.