Corrective jaw surgery

By: Ascbmfq  09-12-2011
Keywords: Orthodontics, Misalignment, Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, referred to as orthognathic in medical literature, can be used to correct a range of minor and major skeletal and dental conditions such as the misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Whether minor or major, misalignment can affect chewing, speaking and breathing with significant impacts on health as well as on a person’s sense of wellbeing.


Orthognatic surgery often dramatically enhances a patient’s appearance, but it is not cosmetic surgery. It is performed to correct functional problems. To determine if you need corrective jaw surgery, generally your dentist, orthodontist and OMF surgeon will work together to assess your situation.

Some misalignment occurs naturally, when jaws or teeth grow at different rates, and cause varying degrees of improper bite. An orthodontist may be able to correct the problem if only the teeth are misaligned, but corrective jaw surgery may be necessary when there is a problem in jaw alignment.

The surgical expertise and thorough understanding of the aesthetics and function of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face allow an OMF surgeon to diagnose your condition and perform corrective jaw surgery.


If surgery is appropriate for you, your surgeon will perform it but you will probably also require orthodontics before and after surgery. This process may require several years to complete and involves a long-term commitment from you and, possibly, your family.

Your surgeon and dental team will work with you to advise on dietary changes that may be required and to manage pain during the different stages of your treatment. Most people are able to return to work within one to three weeks of surgery, the complete healing phase is between six months and a year.

Keywords: Corrective Jaw Surgery, Misalignment, Orthodontics,

Contact Ascbmfq

Email - none provided

Print this page

Other products and services from Ascbmfq


Facial injury

Most maxillofacial injuries are the result of accidents, playing sports, automobile or other transportation accidents, workplace mishaps, violent assaults or accidents at home. The surgical expertise and thorough understanding of the aesthetics and function of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face mean that an OMF surgeon is able to repair most injuries.


Oral Cancer

Other things to watch for are sores that fail to heal or that bleed easily, abnormal lumps of the mouth tissue, chronic sore throat, persistent difficulty chewing or swallowing or a mass or lump in the neck. That means that oral cancers may be diagnosed early .As with all cancer, early and accurate diagnosis means a greater range of treatment options and the likelihood of greatly improved outcomes.


Cosmetic surgery

The surgical expertise and thorough understanding of the aesthetics and function of the mouth, teeth, jaws and face allow an OMF surgeon to assess whether cosmetic facial surgery is appropriate for you. Common procedures include cheekbone implants, chin surgery to either lengthen or reduce the chin, ear surgery to set ears back or reduce their size, facelift, lip enhancement and nasal reconstruction.


Dental implants

It used to be that replacing missing teeth meant full or partial dentures or using adjacent teeth to anchor a bridge that would rest on the gum. An OMF surgeon will surgically place the implant or implants and your dentist will fabricate the prosthesis that covers the implant. Dental implants are long-term replacements that your OMF surgeon “fuses” to your jaw bone in a process called “osseointegration”.



Should the need arise your surgeon is skilled in managing complications or emergencies, though the safety record of anesthesia in oral and maxillofacial surgery is an enviable one. It means that before your procedure your surgeon will identify, diagnose and assess the source of your pain, the level of your anxiety and will offer the appropriate anesthesia.