ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY Corrective jaw surgery is executed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMFS) to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws.
- Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing.
- While the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of the surgery. Conditions that may indicate the need of jaw surgery
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects
- Receding lower jaw and chin
- Protruding jaw
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring
It is a team work your dentist, orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery. Generally, the surgery is carried out from inside your mouth so there are no visible scars on your face. During jaw surgery your jaws are repositioned. Although the goal of this surgery is to improve your bite and function, patients also experience enhancements to their appearance and speech.