Understanding The Medical Benefits Of Genioplasty
Good oral health is not restricted to dental care. Unknown to most, dentists can also help with other oral difficulties including that of your jaws and chin. Orthognathic or jaw surgery, for instance, is a common procedure that dentists perform on their patients to make medical or cosmetic corrections to their jaws. Similarly, Genioplasty or chin surgery is one of the very specialized reconstructive surgeries that our dentists perform, which can help improve the appearance and functionality of your chin.
In this blog, we will explore the medical reasons to consider a Genioplasty under the recommendation of our dental surgeon.
As mentioned before, Genioplasty is a procedure through which your patient’s chin can be reshaped and enhanced. This chin surgery is usually performed in combination with other jaw surgeries for both medical and cosmetic purposes. For instance, people suffering from chin or jaw deformities and misalignments often opt for this surgery to restructure it better. People with prominent, protruded or recessed chin, patients suffering from skeletal deformity, microgenia, retrogenia, horizontal mandibular hypoplasia and other facial deformities. Often, Genioplasty is performed together with TMJ surgery to correct the overall jaw and chin structure and ensure normal occlusion.
Chin surgery is not a particularly painful procedure. The procedure is normally carried out from the inside of the patient’s mouth by making a cut in the gum on the inside of the lower lip. On gaining access to the lower jaw bone and chin, the chin area is cut and moved into a new position. The new position is held in place using small plates and screws. The whole procedure is done inside the mouth, leaving no visible scars on the patient's chin.
Medical benefits of Genioplasty
Although people consider Genioplasty as a cosmetic procedure, it has its medical benefits which are hard to ignore. While chin deformities are not seen as a big deal by many, improper bite structure and occlusion can lead to TMJ problems in the long run. Similar to misaligned teeth, misaligned or deformed chin can cause undue stress on the jaw bone. This is why our expert dental surgeons recommend a Genioplasty to correct issues like retrogenia or receding chin and progenia or prominent chin.
Life after Genioplasty
After chin surgery, our dental surgeon prescribes regular painkillers for the first couple of weeks to reduce any kind of pain and discomfort, along with antibiotics to avoid infection during the healing period.
Immediately after the surgery, the patient will have swelling and a slight tightening of the jaw. The swelling and bruising can vary over the days and will slowly reduce over several weeks. After undergoing a Genioplasty, your face will have a more balanced structure with normal dental occlusion and reduced TMJ discomforts. Consult with our expert Dr Pierre Bouletreau at The Dome MedDental Clinic DMCC to learn more.