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orthognathic surgery



Orthognathic surgery is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth which in turn can improve chewing, speaking and breathing.  

While the patient's appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.

Orthognathic surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontics so that the teeth are in proper position after surgery.


Who needs orthognathic surgery?


Orthognathic surgery can benefit those with an improper bite or with jaws that are positioned incorrectly.  


The following are some of the conditions that my indicate a need for orthognatic surgery:

  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Open bite (space between front teeth when the back teeth are closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Excessive wearing of teeth
  • Inability to make lips meet without effort
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

Types of jaw surgery

  • Small lower jaw or mandibular retrognathism
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  • Large lower jaw (mandibular prognathism)
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  • Open Bite
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