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What is Orthognathic Surgery in Toronto?

Have you been told by a dental professional that you need orthognathic surgery? If you have been to your dentist, were assessed and the surgery was recommended, then you can have orthognathic surgery by Toronto oral surgeons. We want you to know exactly what you can expect throughout the process.

Why do I need orthognathic surgery?

Your dentist may have recommended orthognathic surgery by a Toronto oral surgeon because of an improper bite or jaws that are not positioned correctly. Sometimes, the upper jaw and lower jaw grow at different rates. Having misaligned jaws can lead to speech impediments, affect your appearance as well as your health because of its effect on your chewing function. A misalignment can also be due to a birth defect or an injury sustained to the jaw or mouth. An orthodontist can correct malalignment if it’s only caused by the teeth, not the jaws. But if your jaws are out of alignment, then you’ll need orthognathic surgery in a Toronto clinic to reposition the jaws properly.

What are the signs the dentist will look for?

Before your dentist refers you for orthognathic surgery in Toronto, they will do a thorough evaluation. They will look for these signs and symptoms:
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Trouble biting, swallowing or chewing properly
  • Chronic pain in the jaw(s)
  • An open bite
  • Excessive breathing through the mouth
  • History of birth defects or facial injury
  • Sleep apnea
  • Protruding jaw or receding chin
  • Symptoms of TMJ

How will the dentist correct the problem?

The oral surgeon will reposition one or both jaws so that any irregularities are corrected. The orthognathic surgery will position the teeth better so it’ll be easier for you to speak, breathe and chew. If teeth need to be removed, they will be extracted prior to the surgery. In some cases, you may wear braces for a short time to help make sure your teeth are positioned properly. You may want to ask your dentist to explain the entire procedure to you before it is done so you will know what to expect.

Properly aligned teeth not only give you a beautiful smile, but they can significantly improve your overall dental health.

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