Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws are improperly aligned, when teeth do not seem to fit properly on a jaw, or when traditional orthopedic solutions such as orthodontics are not sufficient in correcting a misaligned jaw. Orthognathic surgery not only ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly but improves facial appearance as well.

Orthodontic Surgery

Who Needs Othognathic Surgery?

Patients who can benefit from orthognathic 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, causing 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. Individuals experiencing difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated for orthognathic surgery:

• Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
• Speech problems
• Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
• Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or be the result of a trauma to the face but should be evaluated by a trusted oral and maxillofacial surgeon to be properly corrected.
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be conducted so our oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform a comprehensive examination and take x-rays. During this consultation, we encourage you to ask any questions you may have regarding your treatment. When you feel fully informed about all aspects of your care, we will proceed in booking your jaw surgery.
If you feel that you could benefit from orthognathic surgery, contact us today or submit an appointment request.

Jaw Surgery Consultation

Before treating an improper bite, we’ll need to see you for a consultation to evaluate if jaw surgery is the best solution for you. During the consultation, you’ll meet with a specialist to have X-rays taken. We’ll be sure to answer your questions about the jaw surgery procedure and outline what you can expect as we work to realign and perfect your smile.

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Utah Specialty Dental Group practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with expertise extending from corrective jaw surgery to wisdom tooth removal. At USDG, we can also diagnose and treat facial pain, facial injuries, TMJ disorders, and perform a full range of dental implant and bone grafting procedures. Please feel free to contact us are your earliest convenience to schedule a consultation.

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