Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws do not meet correctly or the teeth do not adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

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 may affect chewing function, speech, or 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.

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.

Difficulties in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw such as large overbites or underbites
  • Breathing problems

Our doctors will can determine iIf you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery and will work closely with your general dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. This oral surgery procedure can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more aesthetic, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.