Corrective Jaw Surgery or orthognathic (ortho-nathic) surgery are procedures that have been developed to reposition the jaws for optimal function. In addition to gaining function and the ability to chew, the procedures often alleviates pain, avoids trauma to teeth and the jaws, and may improve speech and cosmetics. Orthognathic surgery is also used in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Braces are used before and after surgery to accomplish optimal positioning of the jaws and teeth. An orthodonist and oral and maxillofacial surgery work together as a team to guide patients through the process. Typically wisdom teeth are removed many months prior to the surgery and the procedure is done in the hospital under general anesthesia. Both jaws (the maxilla and mandible) can be positioned and through planning it will be determined which jaw or if both jaws need repositioning. Patients may be discharged from the hospital on the same day as the procedure or require 1-2 days in the hospital. Patients can expect to return to work or school in about 1-3 weeks depending upon individual recovery.
If you are considering corrective jaw surgery you will first need a consultation with Dr. Joshua Foxson at Naperville Oral Surgery to review your particular situation, discuss the benefits of the procedure, and answer any questions that you may have.
For more information please visit American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) website