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Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic Surgery
Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic 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 misaligned jaws. 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 may also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, but orthognathic surgery may be required if the jaws also need repositioning.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  •   Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  •   Speech problems
  •   Chronic jaw Pain
  •   Open bite
  •   Protruding jaw
  •   Breathing problems
  •   Recessive (small) jaw

Any of these conditions can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of heredity, environmental influences, or trauma to the face. Before any treatment may begin, a consultation will be required to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with the treatment together.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

We use modern computer techniques and three dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you'll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. This will illustrate the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our surgeons will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Facial Trauma

Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are trained, skilled and uniquely qualified to manage and treat facial trauma. Our surgeons are on staff at area hospitals and provide emergency room coverage for facial injuries including:

  •   Facial lacerations
  •   Lip lacerations
  •   Intra-oral lacerations
  •   Fractured teeth
  •   Avulsed (knocked out) teeth
  •   Fractured facial bones ( cheek, forehead, orbits, and nose )
  •   Fractured jaws ( upper and lower)


To learn more about orthognathic jaw surgery in NYC, call Central Park Oral Surgery at our Madison Avenue office at 212.813.0707 or request an appointment online to schedule a personal consultation.