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Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery involves a wide variety of surgical procedures performed to place the teeth, jaw bones, and other associated hard and soft tissue structures into their best anatomical positions. This may be necessary as a result of congenital abnormalities, growth disturbances or trauma. Correction of these abnormalities generally results in improvement in function such as chewing, speaking and breathing and often enhances facial esthetics.

Whenever a jaw and bite abnormality is severe enough that orthodontics alone cannot correct the problem, surgery is often necessary. In this type of case the orthodontist moves the upper teeth into their best position in relation to the upper jaw and the lower teeth into the best position in relation to the lower jaw. Surgery is then necessary to correct the position of either the upper jaw, lower jaw or both. After the jaws are repositioned, the orthodontist is then able to properly finish the bite into the best possible relationship. Surgery may also be helpful as an adjunct to orthodontic treatment to enhance the long term results of orthodontic treatment, and to shorten the overall time necessary to complete treatment.

In order to help answer some questions which you may have about surgical treatment, the following information is provided.

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Why Have Surgery?
Evaluation and Planning Sequence
Treatment Sequence
Surgical Routine for Outpatient Surgery in our Office or Surgery in the Hospital
Who Participates in the Care of an Orthognathic Surgery Patient?
Potential Risks and Complications Associated with Surgery
Recovery After Surgery


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