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Orthognathic surgery

Orthognathic surgery refers to corrective surgery where the upper jaw (maxilla), the lower jaw (mandible), and sections of teeth (dentoalveolar segments) are repositioned to improve or restore bite, jaw function, facial contours, and/or speech. In simple words, the Orthognathic surgery is indicated when the upper and lower jaws don't meet correctly, teeth don't fit together properly and the face is out of proportion.These facial deformities may be caused by genetics, injury, or disease.

The following are some of the conditions that may indicate a need for orthognathic surgery:
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech problem
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Open bite (space between upper and lower front or back teeth when mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make lips meet without effort
  • Chronic mouth breathing with dry mouth

Orthognathic surgery is planned and executed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and an orthodontist. All these professionals work together, and the role of orthodontist will be to position the teeth in a way that they will properly "occlude" following jaw surgery. The dental specialists has the most advanced technologies and surgical materials. Our oral and maxillofacial surgeons use small titanium plates and screws to secure the patient's bones, allowing greater comfort and function to the patient during the immediate post-operative period.

As with any surgical procedure, there are risks, however, significant problems are very rare. Risk factors associated with the surgery will be discussed with you during the initial consultation.

Benefits

Orthognathic surgery moves your teeth and jaws into a new position that is more balanced, functional and healthy. Not only should you be able to bite and chew better than ever before, but your appearance and speech may be enhanced, as well. The results of orthognathic surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of your life. So.. .make the most of the new you!

If you are a candidate for Orthognathic surgery, please feel free to contact us and discuss your treatment possibilities.