Jaw Surgery

What are the advantages of orthodontic treatment and corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the quality of life for the patient and the overall facial appearance.

The most common conditions that may indicate that you need corrective jaw surgery include:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or joint pain and headache
  • Excessive wear of the teeth
  • An open bite when the mouth is closed
  • Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or the side
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

Using the latest digital imaging technology, Dr. Danyluk and his team will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery, but if possible, Dr. Danyluk may also provide alternative functional and aesthetic treatment options to meet your personal needs and budget needs.

Below are the most common corrections for facial bone abnormalities:

Correcting an open bite

To correct an open bite, some of the bone in the upper tooth-bearing portion of the upper jaw is surgically removed. The upper jaw is then secured in position with plates and screws.

Correcting a protruding lower jaw (underbite)

To correct an underbite, the bone in the back portion of the jaw is separated from the front portion and modified so that the tooth-bearing portion of the lower jaw can be moved back and be aligned properly.

Correcting a receding lower jaw (overbite)

To correct an overbite, the bone in the lower portion of the jaw is separated from its base and modified. The tooth bearing portion of the lower jaw and a portion of the chin are repositioned forward.

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