Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Watch this video for a good overview of what jaw surgery is and when it may be recommended.

Orthognathic surgery is needed when there is a mismatch or misalignment between the jaws that caues a significant bite problem.  Examples include an overbite (class II malocclusion), and overbite (class III malocclusion), an anterior open bite, a crossbite, vertical maxillary excess, and various maxillofacial asymmetries.  Depending on the severity of the case, some cases can be treated with orthodontic treatment alone.  Your orthodontist or oral and maxillofacial surgeon will let you know if they feel that orthodontic treatment alone can give you acceptable results or if jaw surgery would be required to give you optimal jaw function and facial esthetics.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who can 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 in necessary.

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

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result 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 that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.  

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Robertson uses modern virtual surgical planning to simulate your surgery, and then splints can be 3D printed to take to the operating room to ensure the plan is executed as planned on the computer.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Robertson will work closely with your dentist and 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.

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