Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws and/or teeth don’t correctly align with one another. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics. Dr. Shroyer performs corrective jaw surgery to reposition misaligned jaws. This surgical procedure improves facial appearance and facial contouring, while ensuring that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
Patients benefit from this kind of surgery when they present with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Normal jaw growth is a gradual process, with both the upper and lower jaws growing at the same rate. Sometimes the jaws grow at different rates, resulting in a host of problems that can affect chewing, speech, long-term oral health and even physical appearance. Jaw misalignment can result from trauma to the jaw or even birth defects. While orthodontics is the dental specialty that corrects bite problems, orthognathic surgery is performed by oral surgeons to reposition the jaws.
Problems in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech impairments
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing difficulties