$20000 - $40000
What is an orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is performed as a functional surgery to correct jaw bone and dental concerns, although it will also have a large impact on a patient's facial appearance. Orthognathic surgery is performed by a specialized oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS).
The Anatomy of the Oral Cavity
This procedure addresses both the upper jaw and lower jaw bones. Orthognathic surgery can correct bite alignment, oral health, TMJ disorders, breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea, birth defects, and other functional concerns.
What cosmetic concerns does an orthognathic surgery procedure treat?
- Misaligned Teeth & Bite: Alterations to the jaw bones allow surgeons to correct alignment.
- Neck & Jawline Definition: Alterations to the jaw bones lead to functional improvements to the oral cavity and jaw.
- Respiratory Issues: Changes to the oral cavity can help to open air passages and ease breathing concerns.
Who is the ideal candidate for an orthognathic surgery procedure?
The ideal candidate for an orthognathic surgery has overbite, underbite, open bite, difficulty chewing or swallowing, chronic jaw pain, TMJ pain, headache, excessive wear of the upper teeth or lower teeth, sleep apnea or other breathing concerns, or unbalanced facial symmetry. Orthognathic Surgery is not recommended for those who can utilize less invasive methods like braces or headgear.
What is the average recovery associated with an orthognathic surgery procedure?
The acute recovery phase following an orthognathic surgery procedure is up to six weeks of swelling, discomfort, bruising, and numbness. A liquid and soft diet will be needed for the first four to six weeks. Most patients return to work after a few weeks, and resume most all normal activities after six to 12 weeks.
What are the potential side effects of an orthognathic surgery procedure?
The possible side effects following an orthognathic surgery include numbness, bleeding, tooth damage, infection at the incision site, TMJ disorders, poor cosmetic outcomes, and relapse of the initial disorder.
What can someone expect from the results of an orthognathic surgery procedure?
The results of an orthognathic surgery procedure are permanent enhancements to bite and oral cavity. The final results will evolve over about months to years as the body heals.
What is the average cost of an orthognathic surgery procedure?
An Orthognathic Surgery procedure can cost anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000. The actual cost of an orthognathic surgeryis dependent upon location, board certified facial plastic surgeon, and length and involvement of the plastic surgery.
What to Expect
Corrective jaw, or orthognathic, surgery can correct a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, open bite, underbite, and overbite. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after jaw surgery.
- Braces for 12-18 months before surgery
- X-rays, pictures and models made of teeth
Surgery will vary based on what irregularity is being addressed but will typically include partial removal of the jaw bone which is then secured in position with plates and screws.
Immediately After Treatment
- Pain and swelling
- Bleeding from the mouth for up to 10 days
Orthognathic surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint), improper bites, dentofacial deformities or birth defects, and functional problems of the oral cavity.