What is Orthognathic Surgery?
The above procedures have a name: it’s called Orthognathic surgery. Essentially the surgical procedure allows the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to reposition one or both jaws. Moving the jaws also moves the teeth; therefore, this surgery is usually performed in conjunction with orthodontics so that the teeth are in the proper position after surgery. Orthognathic surgery is used to correct a wide range of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities and aids the patient in an improved ability to chew, speak, and breathe. In most cases an enhanced appearance can also result.
Who needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who may benefit from Orthognathic surgery are those with improper bite and those with jaws that are incorrectly positioned. Orthognathic surgery can also be used to help your dentist restore missing teeth or help realign troublesome jaw joints or help persons with certain types of sleep apnea.
Jaw growth is a slow and gradual process. Sometimes during the growth process the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates. A jaw discrepancy then exists.