The structure of the jaw affects chewing function, speech, and your long-term oral health and appearance. When there are misalignments in the jaw, the jaws don’t meet properly, or there are other abnormalities (often caused by injury or birth defects), patients may be recommended for orthognathic surgery, also called corrective jaw surgery. If the issue with your jaw is not severe, orthodontics may be able to correct the problem, but when problems with the jaws fall out of the range of orthodontics, oral and maxillofacial surgeons have the years of training and experience to treat you.
If you are suffering from any of the following difficulties, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
If you are experiencing any of the above, we recommend you contact our practice for an evaluation by Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton.
Before any treatment is recommended, you will have a consultation with a complete examination. The doctor will answer your question and address your concerns. You will be fully informed about your condition and your options for care. If corrective jaw surgery is recommended, you will be in excellent hands with our oral surgeons, Drs. Koshgerian and Shelton. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified to perform the full scope of jaw surgery.
Orthognathic Surgery Procedure
Utilizing state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, your oral surgeon, dentist, and orthodontist will work together to form and implement your treatment plan. Jaw surgery is one of the most rewarding procedures for patients, often giving them a healthy, attractive, and functional jaw structure for the first time in their lives. The entire process usually takes place over a few months, beginning with your orthodontist preparing your mouth with braces. The next step is the surgical alignment of your jaws, which is performed by your oral surgeon under some form of intravenous (IV) anesthesia. Our oral surgeons are trained to complete jaw surgeries with minimal scarring for the best aesthetic result possible.
Patients are typically required to be off from work or school for two weeks to one month after surgery to recover while the jaw bone heals. It may take a couple of months to return to a normal diet. Your oral surgeon will provide you with detailed pre- and post-operative instructions and a prescription for any medications you need for a smooth recovery. You will have regular appointments with both your oral surgeon and orthodontist for follow-up care.
Orthognathic Surgery in San Diego, CA
The surgical team at The Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Specialists of San Diego is expertly trained in orthognathic surgery techniques. Our patients often enjoy many positive transformations and improvements in their daily lives because of orthognathic surgery, with improved chewing ability, speech, breathing, and facial aesthetics. If you require orthognathic surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Koshgerian or Dr. Shelton for the highest level of patient care with optimal results.