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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. 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.

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 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 in 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.  

If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Engel 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.

Informed Consent Video for Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery/corrective jaw surgery, oral cancer, treatment and prevention of facial injury, nutrition and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) text excerpted with permission from the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons .

The information presented in this video is intended for educational purposes only. It is meant to help you better understand dental health conditions and procedures. For specific orthodontic or oral surgery advice, please consult an orthodontist who is a member of the American Association of Orthodontists or an oral and maxillofacial surgeon who is a fellow or member of the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.

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