Corrective jaw surgery, also known as “orthognathic” surgery, is a necessary procedure when a patient’s jaws and/or teeth are misaligned. This type of oral surgery may necessitate straightening of the teeth through orthodontics, then corrective jaw surgery to reposition the jaw. Orthognathic surgery not only enhances facial appearance, but ensures teeth meet correctly and function as they should.
If your dentist has referred you for orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) in Ottawa, contact Oral Surgery on Merivale to schedule a consultation. We would be happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have about the process and help you make the best decision regarding your options.
Who Benefits from Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Individuals who can benefit the most from corrective jaw surgery are those with an improper bite, or whose jaws are positioned incorrectly. Since jaws grow gradually, and in some instances the upper and lower jaws can grow at different rates, this can result in a host of potential problems that can affect speech, appearance, long-term oral health, and chewing.
A jaw can become misaligned due to a naturally occurring defect or through facial trauma. If only the teeth are misaligned, orthodontics alone can correct bite problems. However, in instances where it is recommended to reposition the jaw, then orthognathic surgery is required.
If you have difficulties with any of the following, you should seek an evaluation:
Any of these symptoms can be present from birth, be acquired after birth due to hereditary or external influences, or from trauma to the face. Most patients come to see us for corrective jaw surgery on the recommendation of their orthodontist, or from a sleep study assessment. A consultation is the first step before any treatment begins; a complete examination, along with models and digital imaging, is part of the pre-treatment consultation process. It is during this time that any questions you may have would be answered thoroughly. Understanding your concerns and goals are integral parts of the decision-making process. During this phase, you will make decisions on the treatment parameters and schedule while working closely with your referring specialist and dentist. The resulting surgical outcome is one that moves your jaws and teeth into a new position that is a more functional, healthy, and attractive dental-facial relationship.
Schedule a Consultation for Corrective Jaw Surgery in Ottawa
The results of corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of your life. To schedule a consultation with Dr. William H. Wayne of Oral Surgery on Merivale, please contact us today.