Maxillofacial prosthetics can greatly improve your way of life. See the process of leading up to an orthognathic surgery to learn more about the preparation for these procedures.
Preparing for Orthognathic Surgery and Maxillofacial Prosthetics
Whether for cosmetic or medical reasons, maxillofacial prosthetics can drastically improve the way of life for those who choose to receive them. And those who opt for this type of procedure should feel properly readied and prepared for each next step. If you’re intending on receiving an orthognathic surgery in the near future, take a look at the tips below to help ease any stress of the process.
- Understanding The Surgery Pre-Preparations
When it comes to maxillofacial prosthetics, you may have a lot of questions. What, exactly, goes into an orthognathic surgery pre-prep? The concept behind this procedure is that a person’s upper and lower jaws should be properly aligned through the use of specialized orthodontic appliances a few months beforehand. Surgical posts are added to the mouth two weeks before the surgery, in order to better assist with jaw stabilization.
- Nutrition Is Key
The hardest part of every surgery is taking account of the foods you’re intaking beforehand. An oral prosthodontist would recommend that you consider visiting a nutritionist for some ideas on what types of foods might be best for you and your teeth. The general consensus is that softer foods placed in a processor, and healthy liquids like smoothies, are the best options to consider for pre-surgery. This diet may last in the aftermath of the surgery for some time as well, since your mandibles will still be in healing.
- Tooth Moulding
A big part of the process is the use of tooth moulding to get a better idea for the makeup of your teeth and jaw. At Reconstructive Dentistry, you will most likely be working with Dr. Mary Kang, who is our resident maxillofacial prosthodontist. Her years of experience allow her to excel in working with congenital, trauma, and tumor-related abnormalities, and her knowledge of the process is an invaluable asset towards each step, including the moulding.
The moulding is accompanied through digital photography and radiographs, which gives the oral surgeon a map for planning the surgery. This process occurs shortly before the procedure, in a separate appointment made. It can also be performed through a 3D scan if available, which is less invasive.
- Dealing With Wisdom Teeth
There are occasions where wisdom teeth may prove to be an impeding factor to the surgery, and could require extraction beforehand. Due to the healing that has to happen to the gums and bones, an appointment for the removal of these teeth should occur six-to-twelve months before the scheduled surgery. With this much buffer time, the surgical procedure can go unhindered.
Maxillofacial prosthetics can add a value to your daily life. Here at Reconstructive Dentistry, Dr. Kang is a maxillofacial prosthodontist who deals with congenital, trauma or tumor related procedures. If you have any questions about of our procedures, or would like to meet Dr. Kang, give us a call at (212) 753-7000. We’d be happy to provide you with any information you may need!