Corrective jaw and facial surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, involves correcting problems of abnormal growth and development of the jaws and facial structures. Some signs of imbalance in growth that may require orthognathic facial surgery include:
- difficulty chewing or biting food
- difficulty swallowing
- speech problems
- chronic jaw pain
- excessive wearing of teeth
- open bite (space between upper and lower front or back teeth when mouth is closed)
- unbalanced facial appearance
- facial injury or birth defects
- receding chin
- protruding jaw
- inability to make lips meet without effort
- chronic mouth breathing with dry mouth
Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced functional and healthy. Although the goal of this surgery is to improve your bite and function, most patients also experience enhancements to their appearance and speech. The results can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of your life. Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons will work with you to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery.
While the initial healing phase is about six weeks, complete healing of the jaws takes between 9-12 months.