Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

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.

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. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.

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

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.  

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Madlock uses modern computer techniques 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. Madlock 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.

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I had a Maxillomandibular Advancement procedure in December 2019 to correct severe sleep apnea. Dr. Madlock and his staff have been very helpful and supportive through the entire process. They answered all of my questions and concerns prior to and after surgery. The procedure and recovery have been a tremendous success and the result, I believe, is life changing. My airway was about 2mm wide prior to surgery. Now, it is nearly 15mm! I am sleeping better than I have in 30 years. I am happy with the way I look and amazed by how I feel. Dr. Madlock took great care to avoid damaging nerves in my face and I am so pleased with how quickly sensation has returned. This is a very complex surgery. I am so thankful that I chose Dr. Madlock and his staff. They guided me through the process of decision making, the surgery and recovery with caring and extremely competent hands. I truly feel this surgery saved my life! I really cannot say enough great things about my experience. Thank you!

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Dr Madlock and his team are amazing. Dr Madlock exceeded my expectations with his professionalism and surgical abilities. He performed double jaw surgery on me and did an excellent job.

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