Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t align within the jaws. Teeth are straightened through orthodontics, then 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 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 or birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics corrects bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • 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 is necessary to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, we encourage you to ask any questions you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you can make the most informed decision to proceed with treatment.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery:

Dr. Shannon and Dr. Hunter use state-of-the-art computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, they will demonstrate how your bite will be improved and show you how you will look after surgery. Our goal is to help patients understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our doctors will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist throughout your treatment. The actual surgery moves your teeth and jaws into a better position, which results in a more functional, healthy and attractive facial symmetry. We invite you to call Northeast Oral Surgery and Dental Implant Center at Reading Office Phone Number 978-682-5255 to schedule your orthognathic evaluation with one of our doctors.

Orthognathic Surgery Overview

For a brief narrated overview of the orthognathic surgery process, please click the image below. It will launch our educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic Surgery Overview