Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)

Jaw Surgery, also known as Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery, also referred to as Jaw Surgery or Corrective Jaw Surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened by an orthodontist with pre-surgical orthodontics and the maxillofacial surgeon performs the corrective jaw surgery by repositioning the misaligned jaw(s). This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs 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. Orthognathic 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

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Are You A Candidate For Jaw Surgery?

If you are a candidate for Jaw Surgery or Corrective Jaw Surgery, schedule a consultation with Maxillofacial Surgeons Drs. Gonzalez, Maniscalco or Carr. They can evaluate you to determine if you would indeed benefit from Jaw Surgery. After a thorough history,  examination and comprehensive facial x-rays, our doctors can determine if you are a candidate and exactly how your surgery will be approached. Drs. Gonzalez, Maniscalco or Carr will explain the treatment sequence and answer all your questions. Using models from impressions of your bite and comprehensive facial x-rays, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. Often patients with undergrowth of the lower jaw (mandible) may have under development of the chin and may benefit from a simultaneous chin augmentation procedure as well. We make every effort to help you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of Jaw Surgery.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Maxillofacial Surgeons Drs. Gonzalez, Maniscalco or Carr will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. They can refer you to an orthodontist who will prepare you for surgical correction. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

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