Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery – also referred as orthognathic surgery – can have a dramatic effect on many aspects of life. It is generally performed to correct a wide range of minor and major craniofacial and dental irregularities, including the chronic misalignment of jaws and teeth and can dramatically improve chewing, speaking and breathing. The patient’s appearance may also be dramatically enhanced as a result of oral surgery.

Who Can Benefit From Corrective Jaw Surgery?

People who can benefit from corrective jaw 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. Orthodontics (braces) alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery are:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficult swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
  • 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 of side
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw or chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)