Orthognathic Surgery is the correction of the facial skeleton and jaw structures. The indications for this surgery are poor bite, speech difficulties, jaw joint and muscle strain or pain and disharmony of the jaw and facial form. Disharmony of jaws or jaw deformities, are mainly due to developmental anomalies. This anomaly can be further categorized into long jaws, small jaws and crooked jaws. The extent of the deformity may include the upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible) and associated structures including and not limited to the cheekbone, nose and orbits.
Orthognathic surgery is common with hundreds of cases done in Singapore every year in all the hospitals. Most Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons and some Plastic Surgeons offer this surgery. The surgery is usually performed in conjunction with braces treatment but the sequence may vary.
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery provides a wide range of surgical services ranging from dentoalveolar surgery to orthognathic surgery and the management of jaw tumours. The Department also handles patients with salivary gland and mucosal diseases as well as patients with facial pain and temporo-mandibular joint problems.
Within the Centre's multidisciplinary set up, the Department is an active participant in the Implant and Maxillofacial Prosthodontics Team and in the Oro-facial Deformity Management Team. The Department collaborates closely with oncologic surgeons in other hospitals and is an active participant in the multi-disciplinary management of head and neck tumours.
Scope of Practice:
- Dentoalveolar surgery
- Orthognathic surgery
- Tumour and cysts of the jaw
- Oral malignancies in collaboration with cancer specialists
- Mucuosal diseases & salivary gland disorders including laser treatment
- Orofacial pain and temporomandibular joint disorders
- Oral & maxillofacial nerve injury repair
- Cleft-lip and palate surgery
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Aesthetic Facial Surgery