CHEW, SPEAK & BREATH NORMALLY
Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery is performed with the aim of correcting the position of the jaw.
This will improve the person’s ability to chew, speak and breathe. Opting for this sort of surgery could be for personal, medical or functional reasons.
6 REASONS FOR CORRECTIVE JAW SURGERY
- Open bite – When there is a space between the front top and bottom teeth, although the mouth is closed.
- Receding lower jaw and chin – When the upper jaw is more developed than the lower jaw and protrudes ahead.
- Protruding lower jaw and chin – When the lower jaw is more developed than the upper jaw and protrudes ahead.
- A deformity following facial injury
- Cleft lip and palate
- Sleep apnoea or excessive snoring
WHAT HAPPENS DURING SURGERY?
- Orthognathic surgery is performed in a hospital under general anaesthesia. You will not feel any pain during the procedure.
- The surgeon will carefully cut the bone in the required area and move your jaw as is required.
- There is no need to worry about facial scarring; the incisions are usually made on the inside of the mouth. Should there be a need for an external incision, it will be aligned with natural skin creases.
- Once your jaw has been placed in the correct position, it will be fastened into place permanently with small bone plates and screws.
- Surgery can take between one and four hours, depending on the complexity of the procedure.
- Hospital stays are between one and three nights, followed by a period of rest and recuperation at home.
If you are interested in corrective jaw surgery, please call us.