Over the last few decades, orthodontic and surgical communities have seen a revolution in the treatment of oral and maxillofacial conditions. In terms of surgery, improved rigid fixation systems and substantial technical improvements have led to the development of minimally invasive surgical protocols and alternative therapies, shortening total treatment time and optimising results.
In terms of orthodontics, an improved understanding of bone biology, together with the introduction of new anchorage devices and orthodontic systems, have increased orthodontic efficiency, broadened the number of conditions that can be treated by orthodontic and combined therapy, and reduced treatment times.
The UIC’s Department of Maxillofacial Surgery and Department of Dentistry have broad clinical experience in this field, and are actively developing new protocols and techniques that have been popularised internationally. This course will provide a comprehensive, state-of-the-art view of treatment for oral and maxillofacial conditions from the perspective of the orthodontist and maxillofacial surgeon.
- To provide a refresher course on traditional and modern tools for clinical evaluation and 3D treatment planning.
- To lay out the basic concepts involved in the orthodontic management of surgical cases.
- To teach basic surgical osteotomy as well as additional soft tissue techniques to correct oral and maxillofacial conditions.
- To teach students about the different timing approaches that can be used in orthognathic surgery.
- To emphasise and illustrate the collaborative process between the orthodontist and the surgeon.
By the end of this course, the student will be able to:
- Perform an adequate diagnosis of existing oral and maxillofacial conditions, both from an aesthetic and a functional point of view.
- Select an adequate treatment protocol and patient-specific timing approach.
- Draw up an appropriate plan of the orthodontic and surgical objectives.
- Have a full understanding of the orthodontic techniques for preoperative preparation and postoperative care for each case.
- Detect possible risk factors for specific orthodontic techniques and or surgical approaches.
- Have a full understanding of different facial osteotomies.
- Have a full understanding of the possible complementary soft-tissue procedures for the best aesthetic result.
- Have a full understanding of potential orthodontic and surgical complications.