Why and when is orthognathic surgery necessary?
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. In conjunction with orthodontic treatment, orthognathic surgery will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile. Conditions that generally require surgery include:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.
Surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.
What to Expect from Surgery
- Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
- The hospital performs the surgery. It can last between one to four hours.
- Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
- Braces are maintained during surgery. We will remove them six to twelve months later.
- 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.
- You will be well taken care of during and after surgery.
- Weekly appointments are required for up to two months.