title OrthognathicSurgery

anim orthoOrthognathic surgery is needed when the jaws and/or teeth do not fit together correctly. Orthodontics and/or Orthognathic surgery can be performed to correct the problem. The surgery involves moving the facial bones to their correct anatomic position so that the upper and lower jaw can function in harmony.

Phase One - Examination
A thorough consultation and x-rays is used to assess whether or not surgery is needed. This is the time to ask any questions you feel are important. The following aspects will be assessed:

  • Difficulty chewing
  • TMJ or jaw pain
  • Problems speaking
  • Bite (open bite, under bite, over bite)
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Jaw Protrusion
  • Facial Appearance
  • Facial Profile

Phase Two - Surgery (if needed)

If surgery is required, all questions will be answered and the process will be handled in a professional manner. Drs. Chewning and McDonald work closely with you and you orthodontist to prepare for your surgery. When the time for surgery nears, you will have several appointments to discuss the surgery itself as well as your expected course of healing. In almost all cases there is no need to "wire your jaw shut" after the surgery; we use bone plates and screws to return you to normal function as soon as possible. In the end, it is our goal to provide you with a functional and esthetic jaw and tooth position