Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a specialized surgical procedure performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons to correct significant jaw and facial skeletal abnormalities and related functional issues. This surgery is often necessary when orthodontic treatments alone are insufficient to address complex problems with the alignment of the jaws and teeth. Orthognathic surgery aims to improve facial aesthetics, enhance bite function, and alleviate issues such as difficulty chewing, speaking, and breathing.
Reasons for Orthognathic Jaw Surgery
Here are some common conditions and reasons for orthognathic surgery:
Malocclusion: Orthognathic surgery is frequently performed to correct severe malocclusions (misalignments of the upper and lower jaws), such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites.
Facial Asymmetry: When one side of the face is noticeably different in size or shape from the other due to jaw discrepancies, orthognathic surgery can help restore facial symmetry.
Sleep Apnea: In some cases of obstructive sleep apnea, orthognathic surgery may be recommended to reposition the jaws and improve airway passage, reducing breathing difficulties during sleep.
Protruding or Retruded Jaw: If the lower jaw protrudes too far forward (prognathism) or is recessed too far back (retrognathism), orthognathic surgery can reposition the jaw to achieve a more balanced facial profile and improved bite.
Difficulty Chewing and Speech: Severe jaw misalignments can lead to difficulty in chewing, swallowing, and speech. Orthognathic surgery can improve these functions
What Can I Expect for a Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Consultation
The orthognathic surgery journey begins with an in-depth consultation and evaluation. During this initial meeting, our team of experienced surgeons and orthodontists will conduct a thorough examination, including:
- 3D imaging to assess the structure of your jaw and facial bones
- Comprehensive orthodontic assessment
- Evaluation of your medical history and dental records
We take the time to understand your unique concerns and goals, ensuring a personalized treatment plan tailored to your needs.
How is Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Performed?
Once we’ve gathered all necessary information, our experts will collaborate to create a detailed treatment plan. This plan outlines the surgical approach, orthodontic treatment, and expected outcomes. We’ll discuss this plan with you, addressing any questions or concerns you may have.
On the day of your surgery, our skilled surgical team will perform the necessary procedures to reposition your jaw and facial bones. The surgery is conducted under anesthesia, ensuring your comfort throughout the process.
What to Expect
- Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
- The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between 1 to 4 hours.
- Expect to stay in the hospital for 1 to 3 days after surgery.
- Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed 6 to 12 months after surgery.
- Patients typically refrain from work/school for up to 1 month after surgery.
- Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full function may take up to one year.
- Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
- Weekly appointments are required for up to 2 months after surgery.
How is the Recovery After Orthognathic Jaw Surgery?
Your journey doesn’t end with surgery. We provide comprehensive post-surgery care to facilitate a smooth recovery. This includes regular follow-up appointments, orthodontic adjustments, and guidance on maintaining oral hygiene during the healing process.
Achieving a Confident Smile
We understand that orthognathic surgery is not just about correcting physical issues; it’s about improving your overall quality of life. Our dedicated team is committed to helping you achieve a confident smile and improved functionality.
Orthognathic Surgery Overview
We invite you to schedule a consultation to discuss Orthognathic Jaw Surgery further.
We encourage you to schedule a consultation to discuss your specific Orthognathic condition and explore the surgical options available to you. Our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeon will explain the procedure in detail, address any concerns, and develop a tailored treatment plan to help you regain comfort and function in your jaw joint.