Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Jaw surgery can be used to improve chewing, speaking and breathing. 


What is orthognathic surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery is an oral surgery that repositions your jaw. It is also used to treat a trauma to the face and jaws. Orthognatic surgery, involves straightening and realigning the jaws using surgical plates or templates, screws and wires.

When your teeth do not meet correctly (malocclusion), or your jaws are too large or small, you may require orthognathic, or corrective jaw surgery.

Our team will work together with your orthodontist to develop a plan to straighten your smile and also correct the position of your jaw with surgery. This procedure may also improve your facial appearance, and ensure that your teeth meet correctly, and function properly.

In what sorts of cases is corrective jaw surgery necessary?

Injury to the jaws, birth defects, or unusual growth patterns can affect jaw and tooth alignment. When your jaw is not aligned, it can affect your ability to chew and speak which can have long term effects on your oral health.

While orthodontics can correct many bite problems, orthognathic surgery is required if there is a problem with the jaw bone position and alignment.

There is an emerging use of orthognathic surgery to correct breathing issues caused by obstructive sleep apnea.

The goal of this surgery is to advance the upper and lower jaws, while maintaining their relationship to each other.

Orthognatic surgery consultation

Your initial consultation will include a complete examination with x-rays, models of your teeth and other dental records. We'll work with your orthodontist to determine the best treatment plan for you.  

Feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment during the consultation. When you are fully informed about all aspects of your care, you and your surgical team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Using comprehensive facial x-rays and pictures, our specialist will show you how your bite will be improved and how your facial profile will change. This will help you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and all its benefits.

What can I expect from corrective jaw surgery?

If you are a candidate for this procedure Dr. Cohen or Dr. Dalgliesh will work closely with your orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship. Jaw surgery takes place in a hospital setting. 


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