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. The teeth are usually straightened first with orthodontics, and then corrective jaw surgery repositions the misaligned jaw into the correct location. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

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.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

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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 jaw repositioning is necessary.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Chau 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.
  • An overnight hospital stay is usually required.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and are removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • Patients may be off work/school for 2-4 weeks 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.