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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Also known as orthognathic surgery, corrective jaw surgery may be needed when the top and bottom rows of teeth don’t meet in a natural or comfortable position. Occasionally, birth defects or hereditary and environmental factors may cause the jaws to develop improperly. Facial trauma may also cause distortion and poor alignment. 

Whatever the cause, misaligned jaws can make chewing and speaking difficult and may also affect cosmetic features of the face. Over time, these issues can lead to malnutrition, health problems, social challenges and speech impairments. Corrective jaw surgery can correct these defects while also improving one’s overall appearance.

Who is a Good Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?

Those with any of the following issues may benefit from corrective jaw surgery:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Chewing, biting or swallowing difficulties
  • Speech impairments
  • Excessive over or underbite
  • Breathing problems

If you suffer from any of the above issues, contact Longmont Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery today and we will be more than happy to schedule a consultation for you with Dr. Andrus or Dr. Howard. Prior to any procedure they will perform a complete examination with x-rays and discuss the best treatment options for your needs and desired outcomes. 

Overview of Orthognathic Surgery

Drs. Andrus and Howard use modern computer-aided tools and three-dimensional models to show you how your corrective jaw surgery will be performed in detail. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. 

Together your dentist and/or orthodontist, Dr. Andrus or Dr. Howard will formulate a treatment plan that will reposition your teeth and jaws in a way that will improve and enhance the functionality and appearance of your lower face. 

Drs. Andrus and Howard perform corrective jaw surgery at the hospital or surgical facility under general anesthesia. The surgery can last anywhere between one to four hours. Hospital stays of one to three days are typical. If braces are already present, they will likely be maintained during surgery but may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery. 

Recovery from corrective jaw surgery varies among individuals but typically can take several months. Time off from work or school can range from two weeks or a full month. Most can start to chew normally within two months but for some, it may take up to a full year. Drs. Howard and Andrus here at Longmont Oral, Facial and Implant Surgery will meet with you frequently after your procedure to ensure you are comfortable and healing properly.