What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Jaw surgery is designed to correct irregularities of the jaw and face to improve the function. The surgery helps with issues related to structure, sleep apnea, growth, facial appearance, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with only braces.
Why might I need orthognatic surgery?
- Your jaw has stopped growing (typically later teen years)
- Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing food
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite - space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects, including facial imbalance
- Receding lower jaw and chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea- breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring
What should I bring to my first appointment?
- Medical insurance information including authorizations or referrals
- List of prescription medications and dosages
- List of medications that you're allergic to
- List of questions you may have
- Recent test results related to your condition
- Images (photos if any)