Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery or “jaw surgery” is needed when the upper and lower jaws do not meet properly. Sometimes the problem is with the lower jaw, other times it is with the upper jaw. One or another jaw may protrude or recess abnormally out of alignment. Occasionally, both jaws are affected. The goal of this surgery is to align the jaws and teeth into their ideal position. The benefits include an improved ability to chew, speak and breathe, and in many cases an enhanced appearance can result.

Who Benefits From Orthognathic Surgery?

Patients with an improper bite that cannot be corrected with orthodontics (braces) alone, benefit most often from this surgery. Causes of improperly positioned jaws include birth defects, trauma, growth disturbances and oral pathology.


Performing a clinical and X-ray examination, Drs. Dachille, Laing and Paladino will identify the problem and offer possible solutions. Typically, an orthodontist is also involved in the diagnostic process. In fact, the majority of patients undergoing corrective jaw surgery have dental braces. The family dentist also plays an important role insuring the patients` mouth and teeth are in optimal health prior to the surgery. This team approach provides the best possible result.

Surgical Procedure

Orthognathic surgery is performed in the hospital under a general anesthetic. The patient usually spends 2-3 days in the hospital. Most patients require 1-2 weeks of recovery before they are able to return to work or school. Due to advancements in both surgical techniques and materials, the procedures are much more predictable, and the results much improved. Drs. Dachille, Laing and Paladino work together during these surgeries to insure excellent results.


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