Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly which creates an improper bite and misalignment of the jaws. For some individuals, the problem cannot be corrected without jaw surgery through the use of orthodontics. The orthodontist will need to work with an oral surgeon to correct the bite with orthognathic surgery.
While the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the functional problem with the jaw, this procedure also results in improved aesthetics and facial proportions.
Patients who opt to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to see a multitude of benefits, including
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
- Minimal treatment time
The doctors and surgical staff at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are uniquely trained and proficient at performing corrective jaw surgery and thoroughly enjoy seeing the positive transformations that result from orthognathic treatment.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
Misaligned jaws can cause a number of problems inside the mouth and to the facial structure, including
- The inability to properly chew and grind food
- Digestive problems
- Dental crowding
- Poor oral hygiene
- Increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease
- Shorter tooth lifespan
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- The inability to fully close the lips
- Heavy breathing
- Impaired speech function
- Poor facial aesthetics
Many of these problems can have serious consequences on the overall health of the mouth and face. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that irregularities of the jaw are diagnosed and treated early to temper the risks of this condition.
Am I a candidate for corrective jaw surgery?
Many patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery are already aware of the issue; they just do not know that there is a treatment to correct their problem.
If you experience any of the following problems, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
- Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Receded chin
- Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
If you think that you may be a candidate or your orthodontist has recommended corrective jaw surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for an initial consultation. Drs. Lieblick and Rehrer have undergone extensive surgical training and education that make them uniquely qualified to examine and treat abnormalities of the facial skeleton. If they determine that you are a candidate, our doctors will work hand in hand with your orthodontist to plan and execute your procedure.
When you choose to undergo orthognathic surgery, your orthodontist will prepare your teeth with braces before the procedure. Then, the doctors at Beacon Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will move the jaw(s) to their new permanent position and secure them in place. After surgery but before removing your braces, your orthodontist will make any small, fine corrections needed to finish the bite.
If you think you may be in need of this procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our office locations in Gresham, Milwaukie, and The Dalles, OR, and in Vancouver, WA. Our well-trained office staff and highly skilled surgical team are happy to help in any way possible to restore your oral function.
Where can I get corrective jaw/orthognathic surgery in northern Oregon & southern Washington?
Jaw surgery may be right for you if your jaw misalignment cannot be corrected with orthodontics or other nonsurgical treatments. Contact one of our offices in Gresham, OR, Vancouver, WA, Milwaukie, OR, or The Dalles, OR, if you think orthognathic surgery is the right treatment for you. We are proud to serve such a variety of communities from the 97030, 98683, 97222, and 97058 areas. We will be happy to schedule you a consultation appointment when you contact any of our convenient office locations; we look forward to speaking with you.