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Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is needed when the jaws don’t meet correctly or the teeth don’t seem to fit. It can also improve facial structure and appearance.

How Jaw Surgery Can Help

For jaw surgery, the teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and then corrective jaw surgery repositions the misaligned jaw. There are a number of people who can benefit from jaw surgery, including those with an improper bite or whose jaws are incorrectly positioned. Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates and can result in a range of problems that affect chewing, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. For bite problems, orthodontics can also be helpful by using rubber bands to correct the bite.

If you are experiencing any of the following, you should consider contacting our office and discussing jaw surgery with Dr. Curtis:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Breathing problems

Dr. Curtis incorporates the most advanced technology available today to ensure his patients are provided with exceptional care. Our office utilizes 3D imaging software that details highly accurate images. This helps to ensure that Dr. Curtis fully understands your condition by looking at a high definition 3D X-ray of your face, jaw, and teeth. Computer video imaging allows oral surgeons, such as Dr. Curtis, to analyze how your jaw will look after surgery and even generate an image of what you will look like after jaw realignment surgery since it can affect the contours of the face.

If you would like to learn more or if you know of friends and family who are in need of corrective jaw surgery, please feel free to contact our office and schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon.