Corrective Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, refers to surgical correction needed to fix substantial abnormalities of the maxilla (upper jaw), the mandible (lower jaw), or both. The abnormality may be a congenital malformation, a growth defect, or the result of traumatic injuries to the jaw area.

When the teeth come together improperly, such as an overbite or underbite, you have malocclusion. Orthognathic surgery is necessary when orthodontic treatment has not or will not be effective to treat malocclusion. Jaw surgeries performed at the Center include the reconstruction of the mandible or maxilla, mandibular ramus, maxilla osteotomy, and mandibular osteotomy, apertognathia, open-bite deformity and dentofacial deformities.

Left untreated, malocclusion of the teeth can cause uneven wear on teeth, chronic jaw, muscle pain, TMJ, headache, loose teeth, tooth sensitivity, and difficulty swallowing, chewing or biting food.