Orthognathic Surgery & Corrective Jaw Procedures | Surgical Arts Centre

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The aspect of orthognathic surgery I find most fascinating is that it can treat such a wide array of health issues, including bite issues, TMJ pain, and sleep apnea.

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Types of Corrective Jaw Procedures

Corrective jaw surgery isn’t a single procedure, done in the same manner to all patients with jaw issues. Instead, surgeons take on a wide variety of approaches and strategies to aligning the jaw, all dependent on the patient’s medical history, the patient’s health conditions, and the patient’s ideal outcome. For example, orthognathic surgery to fix a misaligned bite will be quite different from orthognathic surgery to treat a sleep apnea patient.

Below, we have outlined a few common types of jaw surgery that we perform at the Surgical Arts Centre.

• Upper Jaw Surgery (Le Fort Osteotomy). The three types of Le Fort Osteotomy, Le Fort I, Le Fort II, and Le Fort II, all involve sectioning and realigning the upper jaw (maxilla) to improve the patient’s condition. These operations are often the treatment of choice for patients who suffer from cleft palate, an underdeveloped upper jaw (midface hypoplasia), or upper jaw fractures.

• Lower Jaw Surgery (Bilateral Sagittal Split Osteotomy). In this procedure, the lower jaw (mandible) is sectioned and split before it is repositioned to better align the teeth and jaw. In some cases, this involves moving the jaw bone backward, while in other it involves moving the bone forward.

• Sleep Apnea Surgery (Maxillomandibular Advancement). Our surgeon, Dr. Taylor, specializes in an innovative sleep apnea surgery that involves moving both the upper and lower jaw forward in order to widen the patient’s airway and make breathing at night easier. This surgery, called maxillomandibular advancement (MMA), has a success rate of over 90 percent.

• Chin Surgery (Genioplasty). This procedure repositions or reforms the chin in order to correct a receding or jutting chin. Chin surgery may involve moving the lower jaw bone, using a chin implant, or cutting away bone in the chin area to reshape a large chin. Chin surgery is sometimes done in addition to other procedures in the mouth, neck, nose, and face area.

orthognathic surgery 3d Scan

In all cases, we use state-of-the-art 3D imaging technology in order to better understand the exact position of our patient’s jaw as well as the very best way to correctly align the patient’s teeth and jaw. We refer to these images before, during, and after your operation.

Adjunctive Procedures

The above procedures are usually done to correct a health issue, such as pain, misalignment, TMJ disorders, or sleep apnea. However, some patients also opt for adjunctive procedures – operations that take place at the same time as your primary procedure and that may help optimize the appearance of your face or ameliorate another health issue. Adjunctive procedures could include:

• Chin surgery (genioplasty).

• Cheekbone augmentation or reduction.

• Nose surgery (rhinoplasty).

• Nasal septum surgery.

• Neck lift.

• Cleft lip or cleft palate correction.

Learn if corrective jaw surgery could be right for you

Many of our patients’ very first question is, how do I know if I could benefit from corrective jaw surgery?

The answer is: by speaking with an experienced, knowledgeable oral and maxillofacial surgeon about your condition. Together, perhaps with the help of your dentist and orthodontist, we can find a treatment plan that will work for you.