What is jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery?
Some people have disharmonies in the growth of their jaws or experience facial trauma resulting in an improper bite or misaligned jaws. Frequently, these problems can be corrected with orthodontics, but sometimes the problem is too severe and may need surgical correction. Corrective jaw surgery, known as orthognathic surgery, is a surgical procedure performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons to correct a significant defect in the positioning of the jaw. Indications that you may be a candidate for orthognathic or jaw surgery include:
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
- Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
- Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
- Receding chin
If you elect to undergo orthognathic surgery, your orthodontist and your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work hand in hand with you to create a care plan that is right for you. Traditionally, your orthodontist will prepare your mouth for the orthognathic surgical procedure by accurately aligning your jaws for their new position with braces. Your doctor at OC Oral Surgery will then move your jaws to the correct new permanent position and secure them in place. After jaw surgery, your orthodontist will make any small, fine corrections needed to finish the bite before removing your braces. Patients receiving this treatment can expect to see numerous benefits, including:
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
The surgical team at OC Oral Surgery is highly qualified and proficient in performing orthognathic surgery. If you think you may be in need of this jaw surgery procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation at our office. Our well-trained office staff and skilled surgical team are happy to help in any way possible to restore your oral function to achieve a positive result.
Where can I get jaw surgery in Orange County?
The doctors and surgical staff of OC Oral Surgery maintain a state-of-the-art oral surgery facility in Mission Viejo, CA, offering a multitude of services to meet your oral and facial needs. Drs. Ahn and Girard are available to schedule your jaw/orthognathic surgery at your convenience and serve all of Orange County.