Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, can improve chewing, speaking, breathing and facial appearance by repositioning a misaligned jaw. A jaw can be misaligned because of an injury, birth defect or hereditary condition.
Corrective jaw surgery ensures that the upper and lower teeth meet correctly and function properly. While orthodontics can correct bite problems related to teeth, corrective jaw surgery is required when repositioning of the facial structure is necessary.
One major benefit of corrective jaw surgery is that one procedure can correct more than one problem. For example, if you undergo corrective jaw surgery to treat TMJ disorders, you could also correct obstructive sleep apnea or a facial deformity.
Schedule a consultation to learn more about corrective jaw surgery if you have:
- Difficulty with chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw pain
- Pain from TMJ disorders
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Obstructive sleep apnea