What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, more commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, describes a number of surgical procedures used to correct various facial skeletal deformities that are often associated with a dental malocclusion. When the orthodontist recommends orthognathic surgery for a patient, it is generally because the jaws have grown disproportionately or in the wrong direction. The resulting malocclusion is beyond the scope of routine orthodontic treatment.

Individuals with these conditions may experience difficulty with speech and chewing, or they may have difficulty comfortably bringing their lips together, swallowing, or even breathing (see Sleep Apnea). Certain deformities can be associated with jaw habits that produce jaw joint and muscle pain. Over time, an uncorrected dental malocclusion can lead to excessive wear on the biting surfaces of the teeth.

The majority of facial skeletal deformities are developmental, that is, the result of abnormal growth of the jaws. Less often these conditions are acquired, following an injury to the face or a degenerative problem such as arthritis of the jaw joints. Orthodontic care combined with orthognathic surgery is often regarded as the preferred treatment, in many cases providing the most functional, stable, and aesthetic result.



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