Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Orthognathic surgery may be necessary when orthodontic treatment alone (braces only) is unable to correctly align the upper and lower jaws.  When the jaws are not properly aligned it can create difficulty with normal function and chewing.  Orthognathic surgery allows for the proper alignment of the jaws with each other and with respect to the face. This greatly improves function as well as facial appearance. 

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery may be indicated to correct the following:

  • Difficulty eating, chewing, biting or function
  • Jaw deformities (large or small jaw)
  • Open bite or deep bite
  • Protruding jaw (overbite or under-bite)
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Obstructive sleep apnea & breathing breathing problems

Most jaw and facial deformities are a result of growth and development.  Other causes include:

  • birth defects
  • trauma
  • pathology

Regardless of the cause, orthognathic/jaw surgery allows the versatility to correct a great variety of skeletal jaw and facial problems. 

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.  If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Dietrich will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist throughout your treatment.

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.