Orthognathic Surgery

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada

Maxillofacial Surgeon & Oral Surgeons located in Summerlin & East Side, Las Vegas, NV

If your bite is misaligned, or if you’re experiencing issues with the jaw or skeletal development in or around the mouth area, orthognathic (corrective jaw) surgery can help. Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada, in Summerlin and the East Side of Las Vegas, is a top orthognathic surgery, craniofacial surgery, and cleft lip and palate practice featuring Harvard-trained doctors. Their advanced technology and expertise give insight into discovering the right diagnosis and treatment for you. Call or book your appointment online today.

Orthognathic Surgery Q&A

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, corrects malfunctioning conditions of the jaw. It also restructures skeletal deformities in the face and can remedy conditions such as sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and other problems that an orthodontist can’t easily treat. Orthognathic surgery can also fix a cleft palate. 

Who can benefit from orthognathic surgery?

If you have an underbite, an improper bite, or if your jaw doesn’t sit correctly, then you may benefit from orthognathic surgery. Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different paces, leaving an uncomfortable misalignment in the mouth. When this happens, many issues can occur that include:

  • Loss of proper chewing functionality
  • Issues with speech
  • Unappealing appearance
  • Difficulty with swallowing
  • Breathing issues
  • TMJ issues
  • Severe overbite
  • Dry mouth
  • Receding chin
  • Sleep apnea

In some cases, orthodontics can take care of the issue if the source of the problem is related only to the moving of the teeth. Orthognathic surgery is needed and possibly required when the jaw needs repositioning for proper functionality and a more attractive appearance.

How does someone prepare for orthognathic surgery?

Before treatment begins, the team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada sits down with you for a consultation to talk about the details of what happens before, during, and after surgery. The following information is covered.

  • Surgery preparation timeframe (may take several months)
  • Surgery takes place in the hospital, lasting up to four hours
  • Recovery in the hospital may last up to three days
  • Braces (if you have them) can stay on during surgery and may be removed six to twelve months after surgery
  • Recovery is the most taxing part of the process, requiring two weeks to one month of no work, school, or activity
  • Normal chewing functionality can take two months to one year to return
  • After surgery, weekly appointments are required for up to two months

Your consultation also involves comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging to give you a detailed look at your current bite and show you how the surgery will improve your functionality and look.

Since the dental team involves several members, your overall plan may involve orthodontic treatment, in addition to surgical procedures. After the procedure, you can control any discomfort with over-the-counter or prescription medication. You’re also closely monitored to help you achieve excellent oral health.

The team at Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates of Nevada is highly sought after for their friendly approach and their success rate at treating patients in need of corrective jaw issues. You can rest assured they will take great care of you. Call today or schedule an appointment online.