Many potential surgical patients are referred to Wilk & Wilk Orthodontics because of our extensive experience in the management of these complicated cases. As a result, an increasingly larger part of our practice is dedicated to surgical orthodontic patients. A combined orthodontic-surgical approach requires interdisciplinary care in which Dr. Wilk and an Oral surgeon work closely together. We routinely collaborate with and have a wonderful rapport with oral surgeons throughout Ontario in the management of these patients.
At your initial visit with us, we will complete a thorough exam and review your x-rays and digital photos with you, and then have an insightful conversation about the nature, cause and severity of your orthodontic problem. We will then present both surgical and non-surgical (if they exist) options available for its correction. Thankfully, there are new technologies that now allow us to treat an increasingly larger number of surgical problems in a non-surgical fashion.
We will recommend a combined orthodontic-surgical approach when there is a significant jaw disharmony that severely affects the bite and/or facial esthetics and that cannot be treated non-surgically. Here are some of the conditions that may require surgical management: bites causing significant difficulty chewing or biting food or causing excessive wear of the teeth; severe open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed), unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side, receding chin, protruding jaw, and an inability to make the lips meet without straining.
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Prior to starting any surgical orthodontic treatment in our office, each patient will be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a consultation to determine if they are suitable candidates for surgery. At this surgical consult appointment, the oral surgeon will formally discuss which corrective jaw surgery is appropriate, the potential complications, the duration of recovery time, the length of hospital stay (if necessary) and will answer any questions our patients have.
Surgical orthodontic treatment requires 3 phases of treatment: an initial phase of orthodontic treatment to align the teeth with braces or Invisalign® aligners, the surgical phase, and a post-surgical phase in which Dr. Wilk continues using the braces or Invisalign® aligners to detail the fit of the bite for the best orthodontic result.
Due to new state-of-the-art materials (titanium plates and miniature screws) and advances in surgical techniques, post-surgical recovery times have been reduced allowing our patients to return to their normal routine much sooner.Back