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  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 misaligned jaws. 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 not match each others growth. 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 problems of teeth misalignment, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
Speech problems
Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
Open bite
Over bite
Under bite
Protruding jaw
Breathing problems

Any of these can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or 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.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, the doctors of Northwest Oral Surgeons 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. ‘Wiring’ of the teeth and jaws together is now rarely required. Hospital stay is now rarely more than over-night for most procedures.