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Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a common procedure performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly, creating an improper bite and misalignment of the jaw. For some individuals, the problem can be corrected without jaw surgery with their orthodontist. If the problem is severe, the orthodontist will need to work with an oral surgeon to correct the bite with orthognathic surgery.
Misaligned jaws can cause a multitude of problems inside the mouth and to the facial structure, including:
The inability to properly chew and grind food
Poor oral hygiene
Increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease
Shorter tooth lifespan
Snoring and sleep apnea
The inability to fully close the lips
Impaired speech function
Poor facial aesthetics
While the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the functional problem with the jaw, this procedure also results in improved aesthetics and facial proportions. Patients who elect to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to see a multitude of benefits, including:
Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
Minimal treatment time
The doctors and surgical staff at Northeast Surgical Specialists are uniquely trained and proficient in performing corrective surgery, and enjoy seeing the positive transformations and results that follow orthognathic treatment.
Many patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery are already aware of the issue in advance; however, they do not know that there is a treatment to correct their problem. If you experience any of the following problems, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
If you think that you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for an initial consultation. Drs. Condry and Kelling have undergone extensive surgical training and education that makes them uniquely qualified to examine and treat abnormalities of the facial skeleton. If you are determined to be a candidate, our doctors with work hand-in-hand with your orthodontist to plan and execute your procedure.
When you elect to undergo orthognathic surgery, your orthodontist will prepare your braces; Northeast Surgical Specialists will then separate your jaw, move the separated jaw bones to their new permanent position, and secure them in place. After surgery, your orthodontist will make any small, fine corrections needed to finish the bite before removing your braces.
If you think you may be in need of this procedure, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our office locations in Queensbury and Saratoga Springs, NY. Our well-trained office staff and highly skilled surgical team is happy to help in any way possible to restore your oral function to achieve a positive result.
Northeast Surgical Specialists maintains two office locations in Saratoga Springs & Queensbury, NY, and offers various oral surgical procedures and treatments, including corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery. Drs. Kelling and Condry service all of Saratoga and Warren Counties including Ticonderoga, Burnt Hills, Lake Placid, Malta, Hoosick Falls, Hudson Falls, Greenwich, Lake George, Clifton Park, Warrensbury, Granville, Greenfield Center, Wilton, Gansevoort, Fort Ann, Cambridge, Glens Falls, Saranac Lake, Mechanicville, Queensbury, Ballston Lake, Galway, Saratoga, Corinth, Schroon Lake, Milton, Ballston Spa, South Glens Falls, and Gloversville.
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