Orthognathic (jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is necessary when the jaws don’t correctly meet each other and/or when the teeth don’t seem to fit proportionately with the jaws. Typically this is corrected by straightening the teeth with orthodontics and using corrective jaw surgery to re-position the misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial symmetry, but also ensures that your teeth can meet correctly and function properly.

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

People who will benefit from orthognathic surgery include those individuals with an improper bite or that have jaws that are incorrectly positioned. Jaw growth is a slow, gradual process and in some cases, the upper and lower jaws may grow at significantly different rates. The result of a misaligned jaw can be a large amount of problems that can affect speech, chewing function, long-term oral health and appearance. Jaw injuries and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. When the jaws need to be re-positioned, orthognathic surgery may be necessary to correct the problem.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • difficulty in biting, chewing or swallowing
  • speech problems
  • chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • protruding jaw
  • open bite
  • breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, but some others can be acquired after birth as a result of environmental or hereditary influences, or as a result of trauma to the mouth or face. Before beginning treatment, a consultation is necessary to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to bring up any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your specific treatment plan. Once you are fully informed about all aspects of your care, you and your fully trained dental team will make the joint decision to proceed with the proper treatment plan together.

What kind of technology is used for this procedure?

Dr. Reisman uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you the exact approach of your surgery. Using comprehensive facial x-rays, we can show you how your bite can be significantly improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after your surgery is completed. This helps give you a complete understanding of the surgical process and the extent of the treatment that we are prescribing you. Our goal is to help you understand all the benefits of orthognathic surgery. If you are a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Reisman will work closely with your own dentist and orthodontist during your treatment.

If you are a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Reisman will work closely with your own dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more functional, attractive, and healthy dental-facial relationship.