Orthognathic Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic jaw surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. 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.
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.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
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 in necessary.
Common Side Effects of Misaligned Jaws:
|• Difficulty in Chewing, Biting, or Swallowing
||• Speech Problems
||• Chronic Jaw or TMJ Pain
||• Open Bite
||• Protruding Jaw
• Breathing Problems
Consultation, Examination, & X-Rays
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.
Getting the Best Results
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.