ALVEOLAR OSTEOTOMY FOR CORRECTION OF ANTERIOR OPEN BITE.

Obisesan, B.O. ; Nwoku, A.L. ; Adeyemo, W.L. ; Ogunsanwo, S.O. ; Oluyadi, B.A. (2002-12-01)

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Changes in the intimate relationship of the jawbones lead to dentofacial deformities. Orthognathic surgical interventions attempt to return the hard and soft tissues to normal relationship and thereby enhance facial appearance in addition to improving function. Skeletal open bite is characterized by a noticeable vertical disproportion of the face with changes in the soft tissue and bone. Several suggestions for its correction have been made in the past; the original operation being described by Wassmund in 19357. This procedure is recommended in patients with marked anterior open bite and sound anterior teeth. The surgery is carried out in the upper first premolar region after which the anterior segment is repositioned.