Who Can Benefit from Corrective Jaw Surgery?

  • difficulty chewing or biting food
  • difficulty swallowing
  • chronic headache, jaw or jaw joint pain (TMJ)
  • excessive wear of the teeth
  • open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
  • facial injury or birth defects
  • receding chin
  • protruding jaw
  • inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

A Team Approach to Corrective Jaw Surgery

Every patient is different and must be evaluated individually to determine if he or she might benefit from corrective jaw surgery. People who have experienced disproportionate facial growth are treated with a team approach involving you, your dentist, orthodontist and oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

Your dentist is responsible for making sure your teeth, gums and mouth are healthy. Naturally, you are responsible for good daily oral hygiene. Your orthodontist is responsible for aligning your teeth properly in both your upper and lower jaw. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon is responsible for surgically aligning your jaws properly, once your teeth are in alignment. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are specially trained to treat facial growth imbalances, also known as disproportionate facial growth.

To determine if you will benefit from corrective jaw surgery, a thorough examination, including x-rays and study models, must be conducted by your orthodontist and oral surgeon. If only your teeth are out of alignment or your bite is too crowded, you will most likely just need the orthodontist to properly align your teeth. If the exam shows that your jaws have experienced disproportionate growth, you will likely benefit from corrective jaw surgery that places your teeth and upper and lower jaws in a more functional relationship.

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is a two-phase process that requires a long-term commitment from the patient:

Phase #1: Teeth Alignment

Your orthodontist will begin aligning your teeth. This process can take from several months to years to complete. It may be helpful to remove some of your permanent teeth early in the treatment process to achieve a better result.

During this lengthy phase, you will make regular visits to the orthodontist to monitor the progress of the treatment and to make adjustments. You must also visit the dentist regularly for cleanings and checkups.

Phase #2: Corrective Jaw Surgery

Once your teeth are properly aligned, you will re-visit the oral and maxillofacial surgeon to review the treatment plan for aligning your jaws. Surgery may be performed on your upper jaw, lower jaw or both jaws, depending on your situation. Incisions are made inside your mouth to avoid visible scars on your face, except in special cases. Often, an additional procedure is performed on your chin to establish facial balance for your new bite. These procedures are usually done at the same time.

No-Obligation Consultation

 Schedule a no-obligation consultation about corrective jaw surgery with the oral surgeons at Face and Jaw Surgery Center at one of our four, convenient North Dakota locations. Our surgeons are specially trained in orthognathic surgery and have performed hundreds of jaw correction surgeries. They can evaluate your jaw alignment problem and recommend the most effective treatment plan.

Face and Jaw Surgery Center serves all of North Dakota and North West Minnesota including Moorhead, MN and East Grand Forks, MN.

Bismarck, ND office

Fargo, ND office

Grand Forks, ND office

Minot, ND office