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Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

  • Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't adequately fit within the jaw.
  • Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw.
  • This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Orthognathic Surgery (Top)

Orthognathic Surgery (Bottom)

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 may affect chewing function, speech, or 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.

  • 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

  • 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. Ravi & Rod uses modern computer-aided 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 proposed treatment.

  • If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Ravi & Rod 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.

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 one to four hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.