What is Orthognathic Surgery?


pexels-photo-356079-300x181Defects in the jaw can affect the appearance of your smile just as much as crooked teeth do, and malocclusions can limit your ability to chew or speak properly. Orthognathic surgery is one intervention that may be used to correct such issues and bring the jaws into proper alignment.

Orthognathic surgery is a category of oral surgery that might focus on addressing a number of different issues, such as overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites, as well as malformations brought on by the rate of jaw growth during development. An oral surgeon may need to remove some bone in order to bring the jaws into the desired alignment.

When undergoing this type of oral surgery, which can take up to several hours depending on the severity of the problem, patients will receive general anesthesia. Orthognathic surgery is a rather major procedure, so patients should expect to spend some time recovering and resting from their normal activity. At one of your initial appointments, your oral surgeon will give you more details on the post-operative period and what you need to do to prevent complications like infection after your surgery. You will also get detailed instruction on how to prepare for the anesthesia. You will be directed to fast after midnight in advance of your procedure. You will also need to make arrangements for a responsible adult to escort you home and stay with you to ensure your safety until the anesthesia’s effects are reversed completely.

Orthognathic surgery is often performed in conjunction with an overarching orthodontic treatment plan that repositions the teeth. If this is true in your case, your oral surgeon will collaborate closely with your orthodontist on the timing of the procedure so that you get your desired results.

Orthognathic surgery may benefit you if misaligned jaws are detracting from your appearance and affecting your oral health. Call our office to schedule a consultation and learn more details about this intervention!