Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, also known as  Surgical Orthodontics, isn’t a word you here everyday. Simply put, Orthognathic procedures involve the straightening of the jaws and teeth.  It’s a surgical procedure performed by Dr. Gilbert for those patients who require specific facial restructuring; the results of which cannot be easily achieved by braces alone.

While Orthognathic sounds like a big word, it simply means “straight jaws.”

When Dr. Gilbert incorporates Orthognathic surgery,that’s his goal… to straighten jaws,  so teeth meet well…which improves your bite and allows you to speak, chew and even breathe better.

Positioning the chin or jaw correctly creates facial harmony and improves your appearance.

Orthognathic surgery can make a big difference in the way you look to others and the way you feel about yourself.

Call Dr. Gilbert today and find out if you are a good candidate for Orthognathic surgery.


Candidates For Orthognathic Surgery

by Kyoral Surgeons

People who can potentially benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite and those with jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a slow and gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates.

The result can be 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. 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.
Candidates for orthognathic surgery can suffer from “retrognathia” or a receding lower jaw, often called a weak chin.

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
  • 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.

Unequal growth of the jaws, injury or birth defects can produce problems and symptoms that require treatment by a team that usually includes an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, an orthodontist, and sometimes your dentist.  In order to determine if you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, an evaluation of your condition by this team is necessary.


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