Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery involves the treatment of facial skeletal growth problems. Because of abnormalities in the growth of the facial skeletal, misaligned jaws result. The misalignments may exist at birth or develop slowly as a result of abnormal growth patterns. Malalignments of the jaws may also result from a trauma to the face. Corrective surgery repositions the misalignments to insure that teeth meet correctly and function properly. Facial cosmetics are improved. Patient with malaligned jaws may experience difficulty chewing, speech problems, and compromised esthetics. The consultation process includes plaster casts, computer imagind studies, x-rays, and detailed analysis through physical examinition of the patient.

Who Needs Orth0gnathic Surgery?

People who can benefit from orth0gnathic 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 and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated :

   • difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing

   • speech problems

   • open bite

   • protruding jaw

   • breathing problems

   • recessive (small) jaw

Any of these can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or, trauma to the face. 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 will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

Southeast Oral Surgery uses modern 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, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, our surgeons will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Facial Trauma

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat Facial Trauma. Our surgeons are on staff at area hospitals and provides emergency room coverage for facial injuries including:

   • facial lacerations

   • lip lacerations

   • intra oral lacerations

   • fractured teeth

   • avulsed (knocked out) teeth

   • fractured facial bones ( cheek, forehead, orbits, and nose)

   • fractured jaws (upper and lower)