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Orthognathic Surgery

3D illustration of mandibleOrthognathic surgery is also referred to as the corrective jaw surgery and encompasses all surgical treatments aimed at correcting major and minor dental, as well as skeletal, irregularities. Mostly performed alongside orthodontic treatments, these surgeries can effectively improve a patient’s ability to breathe, bite, chew, speak, and smile.

Some of the most common irregularities that maxillo-facial surgeons correct with the help of orthognathic procedures include:
•  Open bite
•  Temporo-Mandibular Joint disorder
•  Difficulty in chewing and swallowing food
•  Improper bite
•  Protrusion and backward positioning of the jaw
•  Imbalance of facial features
•  Incompatible lips
•  Sleep apnea and mouth breathing
•  Facial injuries
•  Correct problems with speech
•  Correct problems that affect chewing or swallowing
•  Correct issues that occur when you open or close your mouth
•  Correct a facial imbalance for cosmetic and functional reasons
•  Address birth defects or abnormalities
•  Minimize the problems associated with bruxism (clenching or teeth grinding)
•  Minimize problems associated with TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)
•  Repair a facial injury or trauma
•  Alleviate the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea

Orthognathic surgeries are planned based on radiographs, comprehensive history, cast analysis, cephalometric analysis, bite registrations, and the primary complaints/requirements of the patient. Orthodontists and maxilla-facial surgeons work together to decide which surgery will work best to correct the irregularities according to the patient’s compliance. It is important to note, however, that because these surgeries are generally part of orthodontic treatments, it may take several months for results to become prominent.

Corrective jaw surgeries make it possible for patients to smile with confidence without feeling conscious about their appearance. Consult our specialists today to discuss treatment options for dental and skeletal irregularities today!


Derrick Flint, MD, DDS | Matthew Largent, MD, DDS