What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Occlusion is the contact between the maxillary (upper) and mandibular (lower) teeth. Any deviation from normal occlusion is considered as malocclusion. With malocclusion, oral functions are often affected, such as difficulty in chewing, swallowing, and speech. It may also cause temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, tooth pain, gum and muscle trauma, and can contribute to sleep apnea. In addition to orthodontic treatment, orthognathic surgery, performed by an oral & maxillofacial surgeon is required to correct complex malocclusions. The consultations and follow-up appointments take place at Kelowna Oral & Facial Surgery, and Dr. Martyna performs these procedures at Kelowna General Hospital under general anesthesia.
Dr. Martyna utilizes a process called Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP), to digitally diagnose and treatment plan for your corrective jaw surgery. By simulating your surgery on the computer prior to your actual surgery, he is able to correct your malocclusion with extreme precision.
At the same time, Dr. Martyna uses this software to simulate the soft tissue changes of your face to achieve a harmonious balance of your facial features, and a beautiful smile!