Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is a surgery to correct irregular skeletal conditions of the jaw and face. Irregular Skeletal conditions are related to asymmetric growth, sleep apnea, disorders or to correct orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated only with braces. Bones can be cut and re-aligned, held in place with either screws or plates and screws.

The following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
  • Difficulty chewing, or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
  • Facial injury or birth defects
  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)