What is Orthognathic Jaw Surgery?
The term, orthognathic, refers to the jawbone and its alignment, literally meaning, straight jaw. A misaligned jaw can occur following the loss of teeth and neighboring teeth shifting, from an impact injury including a car crash, a fall, an act of violence, or due to a congenital disorder. When a patient has a misaligned jaw, it can lead to several painful or frustrating problems. We can straighten your jaw, begin the correction of your bite, which is then followed up with orthodontics following surgery. These steps combined can assist in improving your chewing function, your speech and even improve breathing.
Do I need Orthognathic Surgery?
To determine if orthognathic surgery is right for you, we need to schedule an evaluation with one of the surgeons at Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. There are signs that can indicate the need for further examination, this includes:
If you suffer from one or more of these conditions, we can evaluate and review digital x-rays, to determine if surgery would be beneficial. In a majority of cases, corrective orthognathic surgery is followed by the placement of braces or other orthodontic devices. The entire correction process can take 1-2 years depending on your needs.
Traumatic Facial Injuries
Facial trauma is a common reason for orthognathic surgery. Injuries can happen while playing sports, on the playground, due to motor vehicle accidents, from falls or from being physically hit. This can result in the jaw being misaligned or may involve additional tissue or bone damage. Some patients may require the stabilization of bone or the use of plates and screws placed in the jaw to allow for correct healing. This type of surgical repair is called rigid fixation. By stabilizing the bone through rigid fixation, we have seen a vastly improved the recovery period for many patients. Your oral surgeon, either Dr. Robert G. Hale or Dr. James P. Jensvold can review this information at your consultation.
At Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can provide you the relief and function that you need through correcting your jaw alignment. For more information on orthognathic surgery, corrective jaw surgery, or facial trauma, contact Woodland Hills Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery at our Woodland Hills office, (818) 999-0900.