Orthognatic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Jaw surgery is needed when a patient has:
Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face.
Jaw (Orthognathic) surgery not only improves facial appearance by balancing out the face, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, breathing difficulties, speech issues, and lead to jaw pain or headaches. Even if symptoms aren’t present today doesn’t mean that symptoms may not appear later on. Orthodontics can correct bite problems only when the teeth are involved, but not when the jaw is misaligned.