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Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery in Rockville, MD

Dental Implant Center of Rockville provides orthognathic surgery services in Rockville, MD. Call 301-294-8700 to learn more and schedule your appointment. 

Trauma and birth defects may all impact the jaw and benefit from this surgery. Not having a properly functioning jaw can inhibit your ability to engage in everyday, basic things like eating, speaking, or even breathing comfortably.

Common jaw issues that need to be addressed:

  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Difficulty biting and/or chewing food
  • Protruding jaw
  • Open bite
  • Inability to properly swallow
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMJ disorder

The goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct any jaw issues that are present, returning it to its full function. But the results can actually end up enhancing the patient’s appearance.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are all misalignments handled with orthognathic surgery?

No. Many minor misalignments are handled successfully with orthodontic treatment.

Is jaw surgery considered major surgery?

Although it is not necessarily considered major surgery, orthognathic surgery can involve some very serious procedures.

Will I be asleep for the surgery?

Depending on the type of jaw surgery you are having, you may very well be under general anesthesia and be asleep for the procedure.

Will orthognathic surgery change the shape of my face?

Adjustments to the jaw bone will impact the overall appearance of the face. Even though it is not the primary goal of the surgery, the bonus result is usually an improved facial structure and an enhanced appearance.

Will my jaw have to be wired shut with jaw surgery?

Wiring a jaw shut only happens in very rare instances and is not likely something you will encounter. Once the jaw is adjusted and in its new place, it is held securely with surgical plates and screws.

How long does it take to recover after orthognathic surgery?

It will depend on the specifics of the surgery. Typically the first stages of the healing process take about 3-6 weeks, but for treatment to be deemed complete and braces removed can take as long as a year.