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Surgical Orthodontics Specialist

Advanced Digital Orthodontics

Robert J. Lopatkin, DDS

Orthodontist located in Roslyn, NY

If you have alignment issues that won’t respond to traditional orthodontic treatment, you may qualify for surgical orthodontics. At Advanced Digital Orthodontics, orthodontist Robert Lopatkin, DDS, offers orthodontic treatment before jaw surgery to encourage good oral health and improve treatment outcomes. To make an appointment at the practice in Roslyn, New York, call the office or book online.

Surgical Orthodontics Q & A

What is surgical orthodontics?

Certain jaw and bite abnormalities require a combination of orthodontic treatment and surgery. Surgical orthodontics uses braces, expanders, or other custom-made oral appliances to prepare you for oral and maxillofacial surgery.

By undergoing orthodontics prior to surgery, it’s possible to speed up the treatment process, minimize the risk of complications, and improve your oral health. 

What conditions can benefit from surgical orthodontics?

Dr. Lopatkin uses surgical orthodontics to treat various conditions, including:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Speech difficulties
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)
  • Genetic abnormalities
  • Severe bite issues

You might also benefit from surgical orthodontics if you’re unhappy with the alignment of your teeth or jaw.

What does surgical orthodontics involve?

Surgical orthodontics involves a three-step process spaced over the course of several months or years.

Prior to undergoing surgery, you wear braces or an expander for 12-18 months. Once you complete the first stage of treatment, Dr. Lopatkin removes your braces and refers you to an oral surgeon. 

During the second phase of treatment, an oral surgeon conducts an outpatient procedure to address your unique bite or jaw concerns. Afterward, they send you home with a list of recovery instructions.

When your mouth finishes healing, you return to Dr. Lopatkin. During the third phase of treatment, he applies a new set of braces or an expander and continues orthodontic treatment for another six to nine months. 

Once you achieve a balanced, symmetrical smile, Dr. Lopatkin removes the braces or expander for a second time and has you transition to an oral retainer. A retainer is a custom-crafted oral appliance that prevents your teeth from shifting.

Am I a good candidate for surgical orthodontics?

To determine if you’re a good candidate for surgical orthodontics, Dr. Lopatkin conducts an oral exam and reviews your dental health history. Then, he orders a series of oral X-rays to assess the position of your teeth and the alignment of your jaw. After gathering this information, Dr. Lopatkin develops a custom treatment plan.

If possible, Dr. Lopatkin recommends conservative, non-surgical treatments like traditional braces or expanders. If these measures aren’t enough to address your specific needs, surgical intervention may be necessary.

To learn more about surgical orthodontics, make an appointment at Advanced Digital Orthodontics by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.