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Corrective jaw, or orthognathic surgery, is performed by Dr. Shelbourne to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which, in turn, can improve chewing, speaking and breathing.
While a patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems. Corrective jaw surgery moves the teeth and jaws into more balanced, functional and healthy positions.
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Patients that will benefit from corrective jaw surgery include those with an improper bite resulting from misaligned teeth and/or jaws. Candidates for corrective jaw surgery often have these symptoms:
- Difficulty chewing, or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
- Facial injury or birth defects
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Evaluation for Corrective Jaw Surgery
Dr. Shelbourne will work as a team with your dentist and orthodontist to evaluate and prepare you for corrective jaw surgery. At the initial consultation with us, surgical treatment options as well as the pre and post operative treatments will be discussed. Along with the significant improvements this treatment can make in your function and appearance, we want you to be aware of the time it takes for completion and the planning involved. The more informed you are as a patient, the more successful your treatment will be.