Corrective Jaw Surgery or Orthognathic

Corrective Jaw Surgery or Orthognathic

At Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates P.A. perform corrective jaw, or orthognathic to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Corrective jaw surgery has been proven to improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.

Conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing, or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

Dentist, orthodontist and Oral Surgeons work together to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery. Our Oral Surgeons determine which corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate for you and performs the actual surgery. Our Oral Surgeons and orthodontist understand that this is a long-term commitment for you, and will try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.