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International Journal of Adult Orthodontics and Orthognathic Surgery

Year 1995
Volume 10 , Issue 3

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Pages: 159 - 172

Psychological aspects of orthognathic surgery: A review of the literature

Cunningham/Hunt/Feinmann

A review of the literature clearly shows that dental and facial disfigurements have significant effects and can be an important social disadvantage. The motivational patterns of patients requesting orthodontic surgery are manyand varied, but a desire for improvement in esthetics and alleviation of functional problems are the two most commonly cited reasons. The careful assessment of patients requesting orthognathic surgery is imperative, because the success of the surgery may well depend on careful pateint selection. Care must be taken with those patients suspected of exhibiting dysmorphophobic tendencies and, if there is andy doubt, psychiatric refferal should be undertaken. Patient satisfaction following orthognathic surgery has been reported as highoverall, as has been the number of patients woh have said they would re-elect to have surgery. Many of the studies found that patients had improved self-confidence and social skills after treatment.

 

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