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Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) may be needed when jaws do not meet correctly, misalignments occur, or asymmetries exist. Orthognathic surgery requires that an Orthodontist and Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon work as a team to help correct misaligned jaws. Correcting of misaligned jaws not only ensures that teeth meet correctly and function in a healthy relationship, but also can serve to improve facial appearance.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

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Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who benefit from orthognathic surgery include patients who have an irregular bite or jaw relationship. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. This may result in a problem that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Often orthodontics alone can correct some of these problems. In the instances where orthodontics alone cannot correct some of these problems, orthognathic surgery may be required.

For a brief narrated overview of the Orthognathic Surgery process, please click the image on the right. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about Orthognathic Surgery.

Patients with the following symptoms may benefit from orthognathic surgery:


To determine whether a person is a candidate for orthognathic surgery, an initial consultation will be performed. During this initial appointment, various x-rays are usually obtained. In addition, a critical analysis of the patient's face and bite is performed. As part of the initial consultation, an overview of each of the surgical procedures will follow. The doctors will also explain what the patient may expect while preparing for corrective jaw surgery.

If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, Drs. Grim, Popowich, Cernansky and Laski will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist throughout your treatment. Orthognathic surgery serves to move your teeth and jaws into a new position, which will result in a more functional and healthy dental facial relationship.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

The doctors at Valley Oral Surgery uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer tracings, we can show you how your bite will be improved. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed and to see the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, our surgeons will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.