Orthognathic Surgery: Jaw Surgery Nashville | Smith Dental

Orthognathic Surgery

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Orthognathic Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

During your consultation with us, we will use the latest in digital imaging technology to demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times and recovery periods and improves the overall efficiency of your surgery. Additionally, state-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment.

These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after their orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you.


Orthognathic Surgery FAQs

Orthognathic surgery involves a single or double jaw operation to to correct a malocclusion, or jaw misalignment. Left untreated, malocclusions can cause jaw pain, headaches, neck pain and a misaligned facial profile. Once the jaws are placed into alignment with orthognathic surgery, the health of your soft tissue increases greatly.
A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close.
Proper jaw function is affected by malocclusion, and can result in the improper chewing of food. Contact between the upper and lower jaws is impeded and can cause negative influence on things like digestion and overall body health. When your teeth are crowded, as happens with malocclusion, food can accumulate, leading to tooth decay and poor overall oral hygiene.
Specific costs of orthognathic surgery can vary drastically for different patients. Dr. Smith is available to answer all of your questions!