Jaw surgery, known as orthognathic surgery, is reconstructive surgery of the upper and/or lower jaw(s) to correct abnormal jaw relationships. Often, your orthodontist can correct crowded and crooked teeth with braces alone. However, for some patients, braces alone will not fix their teeth and bite. Orthognathic surgery can help your orthodontist correct the relationship between your jaws and teeth.
This process requires a close working relationship between your dentist, orthodontist and oral surgeon. Our surgeons will provide you with all of the necessary information to make an informed decision if orthognathic surgery is the best option to correct your bite and jaw relationship.
Orthognathic surgery is performed at Augusta Health under general anesthesia and typically takes 2 to 6 hours depending on whether it is upper jaw surgery, lower jaw surgery, or both. Most patients require one night of hospital admission for observation. Following discharge from the hospital, you will need at least a week to recover. You will also be given instructions on diet, medications, and activity.
We will give you a prescription for pain medication and possibly, an antibiotic. If you play sports routinely or perform manual labor at work, let your doctor know. We can discuss when you can safely resume your activities.
This is a common procedure and as with all surgery, there are a few potential risks. Your procedure and any risks will be discussed with you at your evaluation appointment.