Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Orthognathic surgery  ( jaw surgery) is needed when jaws aren’t aligned correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. The teeth are first straightened with orthodontics and then corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only corrects the facial balance and appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

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  facial appearance. Injury to the jaw(s) and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone will correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved, but orthognathic surgery is required for the jaws when skeletal misalignment indicates surgery to align the bones.

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
  • Facial imbalance
  • 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, and plaster molds of the teeth. 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.

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.

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Drs. Moore and Wong use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and model analysis, your treatment is planned in co-operation with your orthodontist. This helps you understand the whole process and the extent of the treatment indicated. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs. Moore and Wong 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.