Cleft Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery is routine for the appropriately trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. While there are additional considerations when treating the cleft patient, the surgery has minimal alterations. Typically, cleft patients have limited growth of the upper jaw due to scar tissue from the necessary prior surgical procedures. This usually results in an “underbite,” and is depicted in the video below. The oral and maxillofacial surgeon trained in orthognathic and cleft procedures has an encompassing knowledge of both orthognathic surgery and dental occlusion, growth and development.