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Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)

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 a misaligned jaw.  This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and functions properly.

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. 

Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved.  Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of 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 consultations, feel free to as any questions that you have regarding your treatment.  When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.




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