Orthognathic surgery involves repositioning the jaws to properly align them and can correct both major and minor facial irregularities. The result is a more balanced, harmonious appearance of the face. The surgery also corrects functional problems such as chewing, eating, and breating difficulties, abnormal speech patterns, early loss of teeth, and dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
Corrective jaw surgery benefits people with misaligned teeth and jaws that cause an improper bite, as well as those with weak facial projections (flat faces). These issues could be the result of inherited abnormalities in jaw growth or genetic conditions such as cleft lip and palate or hemifacial microsomia.
Since repositioning of the jaws also moves the teeth, orthognathic jaw surgery is performed along with orthodontics so that the teeth are also properly positioned.
You may benefit from corrective jaw surgery if you have:
Small abnormalities of the jaw can be corrected with braces, but for more severe growth disturbances or cosmetic deformities, surgery is often the only permanent solution.
Surgery to reposition the jaws usually involves three phases. First, the teeth are properly positioned for surgery using orthodontic braces. This can take up to a year or more for patients with severe jaw abnormalities.
After the teeth are repositioned, plaster models are made to ensure proper alignment, and surgery is performed. Surgery takes a few hours, is usually done on an outpatient basis, and typically requires about 10 days off from work.
Two to three months after surgery, the teeth are gently manipulated by the orthodontist, if necessary, and the braces are then removed.
Dr. Hall has obtained fellowship training in surgery of the craniofacial skeleton. Surgery to reposition the jaws requires a team approach to your care. He and his partner, Dr. Boutros, will work closely with you, your dentist, and your orthodontist to formulate a plan of care that is appropriate for you.
If you have any questions about orthognathic surgery or would like to meet with Dr. Hall to discuss your options, call 713.791.0700 and schedule an appointment to meet with him at either of his Houston locations. You can also use the contact forms to request an appointment by email or request a consult via the internet at 2nd.md. To schedule an internet consultation click the 2nd MD logo below.