Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery (also known as orthognathic surgery) is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. A jaw surgeon will perform corrective jaw surgery to reposition a misaligned jaw and then straighten teeth with orthodontics. This kind of oral and maxillofacial surgery not only improves the facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?

People who can benefit from jaw surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Jaw surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

These symptoms result from hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. A consultation will be held with the jaw surgeon to perform a complete physical examination with X-rays as necessary before any treatment begins. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. Our jaw surgeons work very closely with your orthodontist throughout your treatment to optimize the timing of your care and the overall result.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

Our jaw surgeons and the orthodontists they work with use modern techniques and three-dimensional model X-rays and diagnostic models of your teeth to facilitate your treatment. The jaw surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship. Our jaw surgeons will describe the surgical process to you in the level of detail you desire. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

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