Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery (corrective facial and jaw surgery) is surgery of the jaws and facial structures to correct problems of abnormal growth and development. This type of surgery is usually done in the hospital.

Open Bite Excessive Lower Jaw Recessive Lower Jaw
Before Before Before
After After After

Some signs of imbalance in growth that may require orthognathic “corrective” facial surgery include:

  • orthognathic-surgerydifficulty chewing or biting food
  • difficulty swallowing
  • speech problems
  • chronic jaw pain
  • excessive wearing of teeth
  • open bite (space between upper and lower front or back teeth when mouth is closed)
  • unbalanced facial appearance
  • facial injury or birth defects
  • receding chin
  • protruding jaw
  • inability to make lips meet without effort
  • chronic mouth breathing with dry mouth
  • sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, such: as snoring, difficulty breathing, etc.)

Orthognathic surgery often requires a team approach with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the orthodontist. If you have any questions please feel free to call our office.