Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit properly within the jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. The Amato Center for Facial Surgery, a division of the Metropolitan Craniofacial Center, is staffed by both a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon as well as Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, for a unique approach to Orthognathic Surgery. People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Technology & Orthognathic Surgery
Dr John Amato, Dr Cyrus Amato and Dr Theodore Niebloom of the AMATO CENTER FOR FACIAL SURGERY, use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr John Amato and Dr Theodore Niebloom of the AMATO CENTER FOR FACIAL SURGERY will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Orthognathic Surgery Overview
For a brief narrated overview of the orthognathic surgery process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about orthognathic surgery.
Learn More About Jaw Surgery
For more information, or to schedule a consultation appointment, call our offices in West Orange NJ at West Orange Office Phone Number 973-736-7616, West Caldwell NJ at 973-575-8575 or Parsippany NJ at 973-335-3777.