Orthognathic “jaw straightening” surgery involves correction of jaw and facial deformity of various causes. These are often accompanied by malocclusion (or a “bad bite”) and are managed together with an experienced orthodontist. Jaw surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Jaw surgery is aligned with orthodontics (braces), and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only ensures that the jaws are aligned and the teeth meet correctly and function properly but improves chewing, speech articulation, breathing and overall facial appearance.
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with congenital, developmental or post-traumatic facial and jaw deformity or discrepancies, an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. 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 may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Traumatic Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
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. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Within the time prior to surgery, Dr. Fantuzzo performs a detailed facial examination and final records which involves use of modern computer-aided techniques (virtual surgical planning) and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Fantuzzo will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment to design an effective plan that meets your objectives. Orthognathic surgery, when combined with orthodontic treatment, will move your teeth and jaws into a new position designed to provide a more attractive facial balance, improved function, and health, and the potential for positive effects on your self-esteem.