Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery or more commonly referred to as corrective jaw surgery, is performed to reposition the bones of the jaw(s) to correct abnormal bite or improve facial disharmony. Most abnormal jaw relationships or facial asymmetry requiring later surgical corrections are congenital in nature. Others causes include childhood injuries such as jaw joint fractures. Irrespective of the cause, these conditions often lead to difficulties in chewing, swallowing, speech, dental diseases and cosmetic concerns.
Depending on the severity of the existing facial disharmony, the overall treatment can be lengthy, requiring extensive planning as well as good coordination with your orthodontist. The surgery may involve both upper and lower jaws as well as the chin. The entire operation usually take two to three hours depending how much correction is required. The result is often dramatic improvement in facial aesthetics and bite relationship.