Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. These abnormalities can cause difficulties associated with chewing, talking, sleeping, and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery can correct these issues and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.
These are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective haw surgery:
- difficulty swallowing
- difficulty chewing
- excessive wear of teeth
- receding chin
- protruding jaw
- open bite
- chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain
- chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- sleep apnea
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we can demonstrate to the patient the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. By using computerized treatment planning, treatment times and recovery periods are reduced, and the overall efficacy of your surgery is improved. State-of-the-art materials, such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide strength, stability, and predictability during your treatment. Recent advances in technology and equipment have reduced post-surgical recovery time, allowing patients to return to their normal routines as quickly as possible after the surgery.
If orthodontic treatment can correct the problem, orthognathic surgery may not be needed. However, if the issue is beyond the scope of orthodontics, then corrective jaw surgery can be beneficial for the patient’s health and appearance. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.