Orthognathic or Jaw 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 and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Orthognathic Surgery Benefits
People who benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. 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. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Symptoms of Jaw Problems
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth because of hereditary or environmental influences, or occur because of 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. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the best decision to proceed with treatment together.
- Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Orthognathic Surgery Preparation
Dr. Ardoin and Dr. Kennedy use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to prepare for jaw surgery. Comprehensive facial x-rays and computer imaging facilitates the surgical process. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, the oral surgeon will work closely with your orthodontist during treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position resulting in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dentofacial relationship.