Orthognathic issues occur when the teeth and/or jaws do not correctly fit together. This condition is typically addressed through orthodontics or orthognathic surgery. Orthognathic surgery involves shifting the facial bones to the correct position, allowing the upper and lower jaw to function cohesively.
The first step in determining the need for orthognathic surgery is a thorough examination followed by x-rays. We will also ask you a variety of questions to assess the following aspects:
- Existing TMJ/jaw pain
- Issues speaking, chewing or breathing
- Facial appearance, profile, and jaw issues.
Should it be determined you need orthognathic surgery, Dr. McDonald will work closely with your orthodontist to get you prepared for surgery. During this time, you will attend several appointments to discuss the surgery as well as the healing process.
Once the surgery has been completed, we use bone plates and screws to return your jaw to its normal function as soon as possible.