Orthognathic surgery (or-thog-NATH-ik) is also known as corrective jaw surgery.
It is surgery designed to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnoea, TMJ disorders, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. It corrects irregularities of the jaw bones and realigns the jaws and teeth to improve the way they work. It may also improve facial appearance.
Jaw surgery may help to:
- Make biting and chewing easier and improve chewing overall
- Correct problems with swallowing or speech
- Minimize excessive wear and breakdown of the teeth
- Correct bite fit or jaw closure issues, such as when the molars touch but the front teeth don’t touch (open bite)
- Correct facial imbalance (asymmetry), such as small chins, underbites, overbites and crossbites
- Improve the ability of the lips to fully close comfortably
- Relieve pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and other jaw problems
- Repair facial injury or birth defects
- Provide relief for obstructive sleep apnoea
Orthognathic surgery is perfomed at :
- Lingard Private Hospital
- Warners Bay Private Hospital
- John Hunter Hospital
- If you choose to have your surgery at a Private Hospital we will provide you with a quotation on the day of your consultation. Should you choose to have surgery in a Public Hospital you will not be charged a surgery fee, however you will go on a waitlist for surgery.