If the jaws do not develop properly, they can negatively affect the way you bite, chew, speak, and even breathe. Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is an oral surgery procedure that repositions the upper and lower jaws. This improves facial harmony and restores your ability to eat and speak normally. Dr. Robert Wood
, Dr. Nicholas Coles
, Dr. Negin Saghafi
, and Dr. Jerome Holbrook
at Arizona Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons are jaw surgery experts and perform this complex surgery for patients of all ages. Orthognathic surgery is often considered when orthodontic work alone cannot fix bite misalignment. Contact
our practice today if you or your child are in need of orthognathic surgery in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita, AZ.
Usually, braces and other methods of aligning the bite will be tried before resorting to surgery. In cases of severe misalignment, facial injury, or growth problems, surgery may be the only way to correct the issue. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon will thoroughly evaluate your condition before presenting your treatment options. Orthognathic surgery may be right for you if you are having difficulty in any of the following areas:
Sleep apnea is a serious condition that affects a person’s breathing during sleep. Frequent pauses in breathing can last a few seconds or even minutes in serious sleep apnea cases. This disruption in breathing can lead to low blood oxygen, mental fog during the day, heart problems, and other serious issues.
When nonsurgical treatments can’t provide relief, orthognathic surgery may be considered as the next step in your sleep apnea treatment plan. Repositioning the jaw to create more space for airflow can be successful in treating sleep apnea. This procedure is more involved and is usually only considered in serious cases.
If you are interested in having an evaluation or learning more about jaw surgery, feel free to contact
one of our offices in Tucson, Oro Valley, and Sahuarita, AZ, for more information.