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Orthognathic Surgery

Misalignment of jaws or teeth can have a dramatic effect on a person's appearance and day-to-day activities.

 

Orthognathic surgery is a corrective procedure that aims to restore function due to such skeletal or dental irregularities. Corrective jaw, as it is sometimes referred to, can enhance a patient's appearance as well as improve activities such as breathing, speaking and chewing by realigning the jaws and teeth so they work properly. Orthognathic surgery is performed inside the mouth, eliminating any visible scars.

 

Indications for orthognathic surgery can include trauma, open bite, over bite, TMJ, difficulty chewing, difficulty swallowing or biting, a protruding jaw or sleep apnea.