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Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Elmhurst Chicago


computer generated image of the face with the jaw highlightedOrthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is performed to fix a wide range of dental and skeletal defects. This surgery can help improve chewing, biting, speaking, swallowing, and breathing problems.

At Cameo Dental Specialists, our expert oral surgeons perform orthognathic surgery to correct functional problems and facial abnormalities; however, it also results in improved facial aesthetics.

Indications of Orthognathic Surgery


Below are some of the conditions that show a need for corrective jaw surgery as stated by the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS):
•  Difficulty chewing, biting, swallowing and speaking
•  Chronic jaw or temporomandibular joint pain
•  Facial trauma or injury
•  Birth defects like cleft palate
•  Improper occlusion and lip alignment
•  Underbite, overbite and crossbite
•  Chronic involuntary mouth breathing
•  Obstructive sleep apnea
•  Tumor affecting the jaw

If traditional orthodontic treatments haven't addressed your jaw issues, jaw surgery may be a suitable option for you. In many cases, braces are used before or even during surgery to help you get optimal jaw alignment. To determine the best course of treatment, we recommend scheduling a consultation with us.

We only recommend orthognathic surgery once the jaw is fully grown, which is usually around the age of 17 to 21 years for men and 14 to 16 years for women.

Types of Jaw Surgery


Orthognathic surgery may be performed on the upper jaw (maxilla), lower jaw (mandible), chin, or a combination of these.

Maxillary Osteotomy or Upper Jaw Surgery


Upper jaw surgery, also known as maxillary osteotomy, focuses on the maxilla, the bone that forms your upper jaw. During this procedure, we make precise cuts within the maxilla. This allows the entire upper jaw, including your teeth and palate, to move as a single unit.

By carefully adjusting the position (up, down, backward, or sideways), we can get the right alignment for your upper jaw. Screws and plates then securely hold the maxilla in its new, corrected location.

This surgery is versatile and can address various upper jaw issues, including a protruding or receding upper jaw, cross bites or open bites, gummy smiles, and midfacial hypoplasia - a condition that affects the development of the upper jaw, eye sockets, and cheekbones. This can help improve your facial symmetry.

Mandibular Osteotomy or Lower Jaw Surgery


This surgical procedure addresses a misaligned lower jaw (mandible). It involves making controlled incisions behind the wisdom teeth and along the jawbone itself.

This allows the front portion of the jaw to move as a single unit. This enables us to carefully reposition the jaw to its ideal location and secure it with plates and screws to promote proper healing.

Mandibular osteotomy is particularly helpful in correcting a lower jaw that is either too far back (retrognathism) or too far forward (prognathism). By repositioning the jawbone to the right place, we can get a more balanced and functional bite and better facial symmetry.

Maxillofacial Surgery


Maxillofacial surgery is an important treatment option for facial reconstruction. Performed by our specially trained oral surgeons, this procedure addresses a wide range of concerns. It can correct jaw misalignment to improve chewing, breathing, and speech. In some cases, it can even help address sleep apnea by opening blocked airways.

It also involves repairing injuries caused by accidents, or correcting facial abnormalities present at birth, such as cleft lip and palate. By restoring both facial aesthetic and function, maxillofacial surgery can significantly improve a patient's quality of life.

Genioplasty or Chin Surgery


A genioplasty is an effective corrective surgery to fix a deficient or small chin, often accompanied by a receded lower jaw.

At Cameo Dental Specialists, we can help you get a more balanced profile by altering the chin bone and restructuring the lower jaw in the same surgery. This involves a precise cut at the front of the chin bone, allowing us to move it forward to the right position. Screws and plates then securely hold the bone in its new, enhanced location.

Temporomandibular Joint Surgery


While not directly related to jaw alignment, TMJ surgery addresses issues within the jaw joint itself, such as joint degeneration and disc displacement.

Some surgical treatments for temporomandibular disorders are:
•  Arthrocentesis - usually performed to treat a lockjaw. We will give you general anesthesia and then make a small incision in front of your ear to insert a tool called the arthroscope.
We will examine your joint and its surrounding area and remove the synovial fluid from the inflamed joint. This surgery is minimally invasive and all it may leave is a small scar. The recovery period is also quite short.
•  Modified Condylotomy: Modified condylotomy is a conservative surgery procedure performed on the lower jaw, rather than on the TMJ itself. This surgery is done to increase joint space to prevent your jaw from locking up. It can be quite effective in treating lockjaw and relieving pain.
•  Open-Joint Surgery: If your TMJ issues are not resolved with minimally-invasive surgical methods, we may recommend open-joint arthroplasty. This surgery is typically done for serious issues like a tumor in or around your TMJ or when your joint has degenerated and contains bone fragments. This surgery comes with the risk of multiple issues, including nerve injury, pain for months, jaw stiffness, and scarring, which is why we only recommend this surgery in rare cases.

If you have been suggested an open-jaw surgery, get a second opinion from us.

Aftercare of Orthognathic Surgery


After your jaw surgery, we will provide you with a list of instructions, which will include what things to eat, how to ensure proper oral hygiene and dietary habits, and what pain-control medications to take.

Usually, patients who have undergone jaw surgery can return to their daily lives in two or three weeks. Complete healing typically takes about six to 12 weeks.

Once your jaw is healed, we will align your teeth with orthodontics. After the braces are removed, you will have to use retainers for some time to hold the teeth in place. The entire treatment may take a few years to complete.

Does Jaw Surgery Hurt?


Jaw surgery, like most surgeries, can cause some level of discomfort afterward. At Cameo Dental Specialists, we offer pain management techniques to all our jaw surgery patients to help make them as comfortable as possible:
•  You will be given medication to help manage pain after surgery.
•  It's important to take your medication as prescribed, even before you feel pain. This will help prevent pain from getting worse.
•  Many people find they can switch to over-the-counter pain relievers after a few days. You may only need the prescription pain medication at night if you experience pain.


Jaw Surgery is Available with Your Elmhurst Chicago Dental Specialists


If your jaw needs correction, call us at (630) 446-2921 in Elmhurst to schedule an appointment with us. Our expert oral surgeons will discuss all the pros and cons of orthognathic treatments with you so that you can have a clear understanding of what to expect from the procedure. We will devise a comprehensive treatment plan for you so that you can regain your facial symmetry and aesthetics.


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