Orthognathic Surgery


Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Cross bite
  • Deficient jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation is needed to perform a complete examination with review of models and x-rays/radiographs. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask Dr.Rotas any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Rotas will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual orthognathic surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship. This type of surgery is often not covered or minimally covered by medical insurances. We can discuss the options for coverage at your consultation.