Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)

Before and After Photo of Patient #101

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as "orthognathic" surgery, is performed to correct various facial skeletal and/or dental irregularities. The word "orthognathic" is derived from two Greek words; "ortho" refers to straight, and "gnathic" refers to jaws. Orthognathic surgery, performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons, not only improves a patient's smile and appearance, but it also improves their ability to chew, speak and breathe. Other benefits may include the relief of facial pain, headaches, snoring and obstructive sleep disorders. While a patient's appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of surgery, corrective jaw surgery is performed primarily to rectify functional problems.

Orthognathic surgery may reposition all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw and chin. In some cases, facial cosmetic surgery may be done simultaneously with orthognathic surgery, and patients are encouraged to inquire about possible options that are available, and discuss them with Dr. Joseph.

Corrective Jaw Surgery May Involve the following:

  • Upper Jaw (Maxilla)
  • Lower Jaw (Mandible)
  • Cheekbones
  • Nasal Bones
  • Other Facial Bones

Before and After Photographs of Corrective Jaw Surgeries

Select a patient below to view more detailed pictures and information about the corrective jaw surgery procedures performed by Dr. Joseph.

Further Information About Corrective Jaw Surgery