Orthognathic Surgery – Jaw and Facial Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is the correction of a wide range of minor and major facial and jaw irregularities, and benefits include an improved ability to chew, speak and breathe. In many cases an enhanced appearance can also result. Your orthognathic team consists of an orthodontist (a dentist who specialized in straightening teeth) and a surgeon specially trained in jaw surgery. First, your orthodontist uses braces to move your teeth into correct position for the bite you’ll have after surgery. Then your surgeon reshapes your jaw and perhaps other facial bones to give you a better bite and a more pleasing appearance.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who can potentially benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite and those with jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct many “bite” problems if only the teeth are involved, orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.

The following are some of the conditions that may indicate a need for orthognathic surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech problem
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Excessive wearing of teeth
  • Open bite (space between upper and lower front or back teeth when mouth is closed)
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Facial injury or birth defects
  • Receding chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • Inability to make lips meet without effort
  • Chronic mouth breathing with dry mouth
  • Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping such as snoring, difficulty breathing, etc.
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After managing emergencies during the crisis, we are now making appointments in Haddonfield, Washington Twp, and Woolwich to treat those who have done their part and waited patiently.

We've gone well beyond all regulations and guidelines to protect our patients and our staff. We utilize the latest state-of-the-art Powered Air Purifying Respirators (PAPR) to protect ourselves and our patients. This is what the Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) calls the highest level protection available with 99.8% filtering capability that exceeds N95 masks. We also have hospital-grade air recirculation units that eliminate the aerosol so many fear in the surgical suite.


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