If your upper or lower jaw does not grow properly, it can cause difficulty eating, breathing, talking or swallowing. In extreme cases, oral surgery can create a jaw structure that is more balanced and functional.
Corrective jaw surgery – also called orthognathic surgery – is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth. Surgery can improve breathing, chewing and speaking. While the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of the surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.