Orthognathic Surgery (Corrective Jaw Surgery)

 
Orthognathic surgery (corrective facial and jaw surgery) is surgery of the jaws and facial structures to correct problems of abnormal growth and development. This type of surgery is usually done in the hospital.

Dr. Brian Dorfman is the premier surgeon in Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona performing orthognathic jaw surgery today.
 
 



Open
Bite
 
Before
Open Bite - Before Image
After
Open Bite - After Image

Excessive
Lower Jaw
 
Before
Open Bite - Before Image
After
Open Bite - After Image

Recessive
Lower Jaw
 
Before
Open Bite - Before Image
After
Open Bite - After Image
 
 

Some signs of imbalance in growth that may require orthognathic "corrective" facial surgery include:

  • difficulty chewing or biting food
  • difficulty swallowing
  • speech problems
  • chronic jaw pain
  • excessive wearing of teeth
  • open bite (space between upper and lower front or back teeth when mouth is closed)
  • unbalanced facial appearance
  • facial injury or birth defects
  • receding chin
  • protruding jaw
  • inability to make lips meet without effort
  • chronic mouth breathing with dry mouth
  • sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, such: as snoring, difficulty breathing, etc.)
Orthognatic Surgery
 

Pre- & Post-Surgical Patient Images

18 year old female patient of Dr. Dorfman: Before and 6 weeks after 3 piece lefort 1 osteotomy with widening and advancement of upper jaw along with a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy with setback and rotation of lower jaw.
Orthognatic Surgery - Pre- & Post-Op Images

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Orthognathic surgery often requires a team approach with the oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the orthodontist. If you have any questions please feel free to call our office.