Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws are misaligned and an orthodontist is unable to correct the bite with braces alone. This combined orthodontic and surgical approach not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. The Amato Center for Facial Surgery, a division of 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.
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
- Sleep apnea
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 of the AMATO CENTER FOR FACIAL SURGERY, use modern computer technology 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 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.