Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws do not meet correctly
and/or teeth do not seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened
with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions
misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance,
but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
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. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems
if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required
if the jaws also need repositioning.
Difficulty with the following should be evaluated: difficulty in
chewing, biting, swallowing, speech problems, chronic jaw or TMJ
pain, open bite, protruding jaw and breathing
of these problems can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth
as a result of hereditary, environmental influences, or 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 will make the decision
to proceed with treatment together.
you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Baker or Dr.
Chionchio 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.