Orthognathic Surgery (corrective jaw surgery}
Orthognathic surgery is indicated when there is a discrepancy in growth resulting in a malalignment in the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. The teeth are straightened with orthodontics, then corrective jaw surgery repositions the malaligned jaws. This not only ensures that the teeth meet and function properly, but often times improves facial appearance.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic 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 if only the teeth are involved, however, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.
Malalignment of Jaws Can Cause:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these can exist at birth or may develop after birth as a result of heredity, environmental influences, or trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be necessary to perform a complete examination. 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 will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, the Doctors will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. 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.