What is Orthognathic Surgery or Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities that are the cause for the misalignment of jaws and teeth. These jaw irregularities are ones that cannot be addressed with conventional orthodontic therapy alone. Surgery can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems, the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery.
What Conditions May Require Corrective Jaw Surgery?
- Chronic jaw joint or jaw pain and headaches
- Open bite (a space between your upper and lower teeth when your mouth is closed)
- Birth defects or facial injury
- Unable to make lips touch without strain
- Difficulty biting and chewing food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sleep apnea (unable to breathe properly while sleeping, including snoring)
- Facial appearance is unbalanced from the front or side
- Chronic dry mouth and mouth breathing
- Excessive teeth wear
- Protruding jaw
- Receding jaw
Dr. Spector works closely with your orthodontist and dentist to determine if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery and which corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate for you. Treatment typically includes orthodontics before and after surgery and the total time for treatment may take several years to complete. The surgery moves the teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Dr. Spector utilizes advanced technology to plan your surgery. By applying information obtained from a CT scan of your face, Dr. Spector can perform your surgery on a virtual three-dimensional model of your facial bones to efficiently plan your surgery, resulting in an ideal surgical outcome.
The surgery is performed under general anesthesia in the hospital. You will typically require one overnight stay in the hospital. In most cases the jaws are not wired together after surgery. Most patients return to work or school between one to three weeks after surgery.