Just as "orthodontics" refers to straightening the teeth, "orthognathics" refers to straightening of the jaw. Orthognathic surgeries involve repositioning, shortening or lengthening the upper or lower jaw. Orthognathic surgery will help to improve appearance but will also improve the proper function of the jaw.
These areas of difficulty should be evaluated:
- Inability to chew food correctly
- TMJ pain
- Speech impairment
- Jaw alignment
- Breathing issues
- Gastro intestinal difficulty due to Mastication problems
Prior to any treatment, you will have a thorough consultation with our surgeon in which all of your questions will be answered. It is important to understand that orthognathic surgery and the required pre and post-operative care may require some time to complete. You should carefully consider the risks and steps to this or any other medical procedure before choosing to move forward.
The consultation is followed by a thorough examination. At this time, facial measurements, digital X-rays and or cone beam scan and dental impressions will be made. Your surgeon will then further advise you on the best course of treatment for your particular case.