Orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is a procedure designed to fix jaw and dental abnormalities which cannot be corrected by braces alone. A patient is usually referred to an oral surgeon by their orthodontist or general dentist when there is evidence of an overgrowth or undergrowth of the jaw. As many as 15% of patients need jaw surgery along with braces to fix teeth alignment and bite issues.
Jaw surgery can increase your quality of life including improvement in chewing, speaking, and breathing. More than likely, if you are recommended to undergo corrective jaw surgery by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon or general dentist, then there is a very good reason why. In fact, listed below are the three major reasons why a dentist or oral surgeon might think that you are a good candidate for this type of procedure:
Could you benefit from corrective jaw surgery? Contact Dr. Barrett R. Tolley at the Oral & Facial Surgery Center to receive an evaluation of your jaws and oral health to determine if an orthognathic procedure is in your best interest.