Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Corrective jaw surgery will reposition a misaligned jaw. Teeth are also straightened with orthodontics. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
People who can benefit from corrective jaw 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.
The following issues may be cause for evaluation:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
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. 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.
Dr. Lin talks about Reconstructive Jaw Surgery
Technology & Corrective Jaw Surgery
Our doctors use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment plan.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our doctors will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. Corrective jaw surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position resulting in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship