Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is necessary when jaws don’t meet correctly or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are first straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery then repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
People with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly would greatly benefit from orthognathic surgery. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws can grow at different rates. This can result in a whole slew 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 need repositioning.
Difficulty in these areas sometimes indicate the need for orthognathic surgery:
- Chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these can exist at birth and can be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or, trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be done with a complete examination and x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, and any other part of the process, feel free to ask any questions. When you are fully informed, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.