Orthognathic or Corrective jaw surgery, is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental occlusion (bite) irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing/snoring. While the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems. X-rays and models are taken to diagnose a patient’s particular problem.
Dr. Hunt works together with the orthodontist & dentist to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw, or orthognathic surgery. Dr. Hunt will determine which procedure is appropriate and perform the actual surgery. It is important to understand that your treatment, which will probably include orthodontics before and after surgery, may take several years to complete. Your oral surgeon and orthodontist understand that this is a long-term commitment for you and your family, and will try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.
Correction of Common Dentofacial Deformities:
- Correcting an Open Bite
- Correcting a Protruding Lower Jaw
- Correcting a Receding Lower Jaw or “Weak Chin”
What to Expect
- The jaw and/or teeth will be repositioned. The type and extent of surgery depends on the nature of the issue. General anesthesia or IV sedation is used, usually in a hospital operating room. Orthodontics will be necessary to alter the position of the teeth before and after surgery.
- Depending on the extent of your surgery, recovery time varies. Full treatment, including orthodontic treatment, may take a couple of years. You may need to follow a special diet after the procedure. Pain can be managed with medication, and antibiotics will be used to prevent infection. Also, steroids will be used to minimize swelling.