Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing function, poor oral health, speech, appearance, sleeping and breathing problems such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), temporamandibular joint (TMJ) pain and dysfunction, and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these functional problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
Dr. Lugakingira's interest is in the use of the latest in digital imaging technology to plan and perform most of his surgical procedures including orthognathic surgery in order to maximize the final results and functional and esthetic outcome. Orthognathic computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. He utilizes CT-guided virtual surgical planning (VSP) to determine the exact jaw movements, surgical guides and splints fabrication, and state-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws to provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery. He is amongst very few oral and maxillofacial surgeons nationwide who offers virtual surgical planning (VSP) for orthognathic treatment.
Dr. Lugakingira collaborates all his orthognathic treatment planning very closely with your orthodontist in order to achieve desired final results. He will work in conjunction with your general dentist and/or orthodontist to determine if orthognathic surgery is necessary to achieve optimum results for your specific case.