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When is Orthognathic Surgery Needed?

Orthognathic surgery is used to reposition the jaw and correct problems with how the upper and lower mandibles align. Common issues include overbite, underbite, open bite, TMJ disorders, or breathing problems. Surgery can be performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to ensure teeth are also in proper alignment.


Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is used to reposition the jaw and correct problems with how the upper and lower mandibles align. Common issues include overbite, underbite, open bite, TMJ disorders, or breathing problems. Surgery can be performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to ensure teeth are also in proper alignment.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
Ideally, the upper and lower jaw should be aligned so that one does not protrude farther than the other, and the teeth meet to form a proper bite pattern. However, the jaw may be misaligned due to hereditary factors, environmental causes, or facial trauma. This can cause problems with biting and chewing, speaking, breathing, and facial aesthetics. It can also lead to pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) on each side of the jaw.

During orthognathic surgery, the bones in the upper jaw and lower jaw are physically moved up, down, in, or out to improve alignment. In some cases, the bones may need to be shorted or lengthened. These changes alter the structure of the face, how the jaw moves, and how teeth meet. Orthognathic surgery is often combined with orthodontic treatment to move teeth into the proper position as well.

Your doctor will conduct a thorough examination and determine if orthognathic surgery may effectively address your symptoms and provide relief. Due to the complexity of the surgery and the interrelated nature of the jaws and teeth, your oral surgeon and orthodontist may work together to develop a comprehensive treatment plan.


Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Advances in technology have made it possible for oral surgeons to create three-dimensional images of your face and jaw using x-rays and computer imaging. They can see exactly how the bones are positioned and use technology to manipulate them digitally. This assists not only in planning the surgery, but also in showing you how your bite and facial structure will change. Your doctor can show you how the bones will be repositioned and what you can expect regarding the results and benefits of surgery.

If you would like to know more about Jaw Surgery, contact our office located in New Port Richey, Clearwater, or Westchase/Tampa at (727) 842-5180, (727) 791-6529 or (813) 749-0930.