Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, may be recommended to treat substantial abnormalities of the upper and lower jaws.  Our dentists may recommend this type of procedure to treat birth defects, growth defects, traumatic injuries to the jaw, or bad bites.  To learn more about orthognathic surgery in San Jose, California, and make your appointment with us, call AZ Dental at 408-227-6000.

There are several classifications for malocclusion which may require corrective jaw surgery:

  • Class I – this type of malocclusion is the least destructive. If you have a Class I occlusion, your lower anterior incisors sit directly behind the upper anterior incisors.
  • Class II – this type of malocclusion is commonly referred to as an overbite, and can cause significant discomfort, bone damage, excessive wear of the front teeth, and tooth loss.
  • Class III – this malocclusion is commonly known as an underbite, and makes your lower jaw much more prominent than your upper jaw.

Orthognathic surgery may be recommended to restore the function and aesthetic appearance of your smile when it has been affected by:

  • Tooth wear
  • Chronic jaw and muscle pain
  • Headaches
  • Loose teeth
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Difficulty swallowing and chewing food

Prior to receiving treatment, our oral surgeon will perform a complete photographic analysis using panoramic X-rays, cephalometric X-rays, models, impressions, and radiographs.  Our oral surgeon, orthodontist, and dentists will collaborate to consider how your corrective surgery will impact jaw function and the appearance of your face.

We will provide you with all necessary post-operative instructions, including prescriptions for pain medication.  Recommendations for a modified diet may be recommended as well.  You may require orthodontic treatment following your corrective surgery.

For more information about orthognathic surgery, call our practice today.