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Costs of Orthognathic Surgery in Chile: Everything You Need to Know

If you are considering orthognathic surgery in Chile, it is important that you know how much you can expect to pay for this procedure. The costs of orthognathic surgery can vary significantly, depending on several factors, such as geographic location, the experience of the surgeon, and the complexity of the case.

Costos en cirugía ortognática

Average costs of orthognathic surgery in Chile

In Chile, the costs or values of an orthognathic surgery can range between $4,000,000 and $8,000,000 Chilean pesos, depending on several factors. These costs include the surgeon's fees, hospital costs, and materials used during surgery.

It is important to note that these costs are only an estimate, and may vary based on the complexity of the case and other factors, such as geographic location and surgeon experience.

In the Fonasa public system, it is free of charge for the patient. a fonasa patient can be attended in our clinic but with particular fees.

¿Cuanto es el valor de una cirugía ortognática u operación maxilofacial en Clínica MaxilofacialCom?

Dado que cada caso es diferente y los procedimientos son variados es muy dificil entregar un valor sin examinar a un paciente, dado que es una consulta muy frecuente podemos señalar que el rango varía entre seis y diez millones de pesos durante el año 2023, hay procedimientos de menor complejidad que tienen valores inferiores y otros muy especiales que los honorarios pueden ser más altos. La mejor forma de tener un valor es coordinando una cita en nuestra consulta para un examen clínico y presupuesto formal. El valor mencionado en este parrafo es solo de referencia y no vinculante a algún caso en particular.

Is orthognathic surgery an aesthetic procedure?

Orthognathic surgery is a procedure with functional bases whose main objective is to restore the functioning of the stomatognathic system.

Restoring the bite allows you to improve chewing and pronunciation of words.

Restoring the position of the jaws allows adequate respiratory function both during the day and at night. A bad jaw position can cause severe breathing disorders, especially at night, generating snoring and a decrease in the amount of oxygen in our body, which can cause very severe cardio vascular disorders. A respiratory disturbance during the night generates a deterioration in the quality of sleep and this generates substantial alterations in the quality of life and can even predispose to daily accidents and concentration.

Altered bite can cause destruction of teeth, bruxism, muscle pain in the face, head, and neck, and severe jaw joint problems.

Everything mentioned only as a reference and concise summary that explains why it is a functional surgery and not aesthetic despite having surprising aesthetic results.

Do the Isapres in Chile cover these surgeries?

The Isapres provide coverage for ambulatory and surgical procedures that are included in Fonasa's free-choice modality tariff. Said fee can be found on the Fonasa website. 





In this schedule, benefits for maxillofacial surgery are explicitly marked with a double *

The codes start with the number 14 or 15 in the listing. 



In the case of orthognathic surgery, the benefits are clearly defined in said tariff. The percentage of coverage will depend on the health plan they have contracted. There are plans with high percentages of coverage for care by free-choice professionals and there are plans with little coverage.

If you wish to have surgery with a private professional, we recommend having a health plan with good free-choice coverage and with high limits. In this way, you will be able to largely reimburse your surgical costs both from the professionals who treat you and from the expenses incurred in hospitalization and ward.

Remember that the isapres provide coverage for known declared pathologies

Can an isapre deny pre-existence coverage?

Yes, as long as the responsibility of the Sales Agent is not proven. The omission in the health declaration of a pre-existing disease or pathology at the time of signing a health contract with the Isapre -even if it has been recommended by the Sales Agent- must be proven during the processing of a claim.

This Superintendence recommends that Isapre affiliates inform  all diseases, surgeries or other morbid antecedents at the time of filling out the respective Health Statement for him and his beneficiaries.


Is the isapre coverage present when the procedure is performed by a Dentist or Maxillofacial Surgeon?

Yes, in Chile the university specialty is called "Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Traumatology" and it is a specialty for Dental Surgeons. Fonasa expressly states that these benefits are provided by dental surgeons, maxillofacial surgeons.

  • What is orthognathic surgery?
    Orthognathic surgery is a surgical procedure performed to correct deformities of the jaw and face.
  • Who is a candidate for orthognathic surgery?
    People who have deformities of the jaw and face, such as a protruding maxilla or receding mandible, may be candidates for orthognathic surgery.< /p>
  • How long does orthognathic surgery last?
    The duration of orthognathic surgery varies depending on the individual case, but can last several hours.
  • How long does the hospitalization last?
    Each case is different but 95% of our patients are discharged the day after their surgery. If we perform the procedure on a Saturday morning, the patient can return home the following day in the afternoon. You should not be lying down when you get home, you require relative rest that includes not doing physical activity that involves strength, but in general patients recover semi-sitting or next to their computers.
  • Is the postoperative painful?
    In general the pain is mild-moderate, with analogues the degree of pain is very low. There is presence of anesthesia rather than pain in the area. There is damage to the sensory nerves in the area, therefore sensitivity and pain are clearly decreased for a variable period. There are cases in which the patient has more pain than others, but it is not usual. What they usually manifest is a lot of discomfort due to the edema and the care associated with food and hygiene.
  • Is a medical license required?
    Yes. Usually there are 3 or 4 weeks of medical leave. After this time, the patient is able to resume his work activities and can gradually increase the consistency of food.
  • Do the isapres cover this treatment?
    Yes. Indeed, the isapres cover this type of surgery. the procedures are coded by fonase. It is essential to verify the coverage percentage of your plan, the limits and if they are free choice or only with preferred providers. On many occasions, health plans have free choice but the limits are low. The best thing to do is to have a plan without limits. We remind you that within your isapre you can change your plan and pre-stocks are maintained and respected by law. It is different if they change from one isapre to another. We recommend having free choice plans with good hospital coverage.
  • Does the face swell?
    Yes, a lot. There is a lot of edema all over the face, sometimes ecchymosis (bruises) appears. This edema slowly disappears. Since the surgery changes the position of the facial bones and fixes them in the right place, there is great swelling of the entire face. Since the surgery is performed through the mouth, the tissues are pulled and the lips split. This inflammation recovers slowly, a significant percentage lasts about four weeks. Then there is a slow recovery that can last months.
  • What is the modern technology available for this treatment?
    Simplant OMS, Nemoceph 3d and Dolphin Imaging 3d are the main tools available in Europe and the United States: With these systems we carry out a detailed diagnosis, three-dimensional treatment planning and the preparation of all the necessary guides for the moment of the operation Dolphin Imaging 3d is the most powerful tool available in the world, it is used in implantology to plan complex surgeries and in Maxillofacial Surgery to plan and predict the results of our surgeries. It is within the reach of our patients, we have 8 years of experience and close to 200 cases operated and planned digitally. Within reach of our patients. With a dental maxillofacial tomography, the complete image of our patient is acquired. In Chile, radiological centers have the necessary equipment and the exams have similar values to conventional studies. Then, with the CD loaded with the tomography, we process the image and plan our surgery. We evaluate the case, perform the surgery and obtain the 3d printed guides. We have four 3d printers and two intraoral scanners to register the dental models of our patients. that way we can register and transfer an exact copy of the patient to his mouth.
  • How long does it take to recover from orthognathic surgery?
    Recovery from orthognathic surgery can take several weeks, and it is important to follow your surgeon's instructions to ensure a successful recovery.
  • What type of anesthesia is used during orthognathic surgery?
    General anesthesia is usually used for orthognathic surgery.
  • Is the recovery process painful?
    It is normal to experience pain and discomfort after surgery, but your surgeon may prescribe medication to help control the pain.
  • Are there risks associated with orthognathic surgery?
    As with any surgery, there are risks associated with orthognathic surgery, including infection, bleeding, and anesthetic complications. With current technologies the risks are extremely low. It is a surgery with careful planning and preparation.
  • Is it possible for the teeth to move after orthognathic surgery?
    Teeth may shift after orthognathic surgery, so it's important to follow your surgeon's recommendations for braces and dental care.< /span>
  • How long should an orthodontic appliance be worn after orthognathic surgery?
    The length of time an orthodontic appliance must be worn after orthognathic surgery varies depending on the individual case, but can generally last from six months to a year.
  • Can you eat solid food after orthognathic surgery?
    In the first few days after orthognathic surgery, you may be on a liquid or soft diet, but you can eventually return to solid foods.< /p>
  • How is follow-up done after orthognathic surgery?
    It's important to keep follow-up appointments with your surgeon and orthodontist to make sure your recovery is progressing smoothly
  • Could a second orthognathic surgery be needed?
    It is not common but in some cases, it may be necessary to perform a second orthognathic surgery to achieve the desired results.
  • How does orthognathic surgery affect facial appearance?
    Orthognathic surgery can improve facial appearance by correcting deformities and improving facial symmetry.
  • Can speech changes be experienced after orthognathic surgery?
    You may experience speech changes after orthognathic surgery, but this is usually temporary and should improve over time.
  • Is the extraction of wisdom molars painful?
    The wisdom molar extraction procedure can be somewhat uncomfortable, but the pain can be managed with anesthesia and pain medication.
  • Cost of orthognathic surgery
    In Chile there is a wide range of values. The public system does not charge for the procedure and in the private system the range is between 8,000 and 20,000 dollars. The value of our clinic is in the lower price range because we want to be closer to many, the value depends on the diagnosis and the type of procedure to be performed.
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