Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic surgery)

Orthognathic surgery is sometimes required to correct certain conditions of the face and jaw relationship related to structure, growth, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, and cleft palate.

Orthognathic surgery can also help correct orthodontic problems that cannot be treated with braces alone.  Occasionally, the growth of the upper and lower jaws are disproportionate to the degree that surgical intervention is necessary.  

Facial growth is a gradual process.  The maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) may grow at different rates.  The result of uneven growth affects chewing, function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance.

For videos and illustrations related to orthognathic surgery, click here: AAOMS/Jaw Surgery

Problems Resulting from Improper Alignment of the Jaws

Patients experiencing difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these problems can exist at birth, or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or trauma to the face.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Goeckermann uses advanced computer techniques and three-dimensional models to illustrate how your surgery will be done. Comprehensive facial radiographs and video stills can be utilized to help you understand how your bite will be improved and even give you some idea of how you could look after surgery.