There are a number of specific disorders that may lead to orthognathic surgery:
- Sleep apnea
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
- Severe orthodontic problems
- Growth disorders
- Cleft palate
At Houston Methodist, dentists, orthodontists and oral and maxillofacial surgeons work together to determine whether a patient will benefit from orthognathic surgery.
Before surgery takes place, it is very likely that there will be a significant period during which the patient will be required to wear braces or other orthodontics. It may also be necessary to wear orthodontics after the surgery has been completed.
In the past, surgical patients often had their jaws wired shut for weeks after surgery. This is no longer common, and a patient may be able to resume most ordinary daily function relatively soon after the procedure
Our physicians at Houston Methodist specialize in orthognathic surgery at the following convenient locations: