Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is needed when your jaws don’t meet correctly and/or your teeth don’t seem to fit with your jaws. While teeth are straightened with orthodontics, corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Overbite and Protruding Jaw
These two can be the sole reason for having jaw surgery but there is much more that goes into it. An overbite or a protruding jaw can cause speech issues, pain, tooth decay, and long term discomfort. An orthodontist will take the route of braces and preventative care before seeking surgery. Surgery should be your last step to fix the discomfort and from there Dr. Jamali will find the underlying causes and find a treatment plan that’s right for you.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
This is the only office in the country that you will receive comprehensive orthodontic and surgical treatment under one roof. With both Dr. Lin and Dr. Jamali in the office, questions, concerns will immediately be resolved and there will never be a communication breakdown. Using comprehensive facial x-rays, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.
It was said that I needed jaw surgery and that the sliding genioplasty would improve my profile but not completely. Here are the drawings over the xrays. Note it says 7mm on the sketch but it was actually advanced 8mm. Though it hasn't given me an ideal profile it has definitely improved.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Jamali will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Can your voice change after orthognathic surgery?
The simple answer is yes. As you start to reconstruct your jaw and move things around, it can cause some vocal changes. You may experience speech and voice adjustments as the effect of functional surgery. The difference in jaw positioning or shape can have an effect on voice frequencies.