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Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics- corrective jaw surgery re-positions misaligned jaws. 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 who have an improper bite or an incorrectly positioned jaw. 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. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need re-positioning.

 

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these can exist at birth or may occur after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. 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 will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

Drs. Noble, Morris, Shaikh, Jacobs, and Tomsic use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Photographs, x-rays, a bite registration, clinical measurements, and impressions of your teeth will be taken. Computer analysis will then be used to more accurately diagnose where the problem exists and the probable methods of correction. The impressions of your teeth will be used to determine your new bite and to replicate the planned surgery in all 3 dimensions.