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Orthognathic surgery 

Orthognathic surgery
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Orthognathic surgery
Author(s):

Cyrus Kerawala

and Carrie Newlands

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199688401.003.0005
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date: 23 October 2019

Orthognathic (from the Greek orthos (straight) and gnathos (jaw)) surgery is surgery to treat facial disproportion. Approximately 20% of the population is affected by a dentofacial deformity. Successful management of this group of patients requires a multidisciplinary team involving orthodontists and maxillofacial surgeons, together with restorative dentists, hygienists, psychologists, and technicians. Accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment planning are both essential to a successful outcome.

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