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What is Orthognathic Surgery?

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In cases where the orthodontic issue is severe, surgery may be necessary to correct the problem. Orthognathic surgery, may be necessary when the bite is significantly irregular, the jawbones are misaligned, or there is an abnormality with the jawbone. When surgery is required, Dr. Schatz collaborates with experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeons to find the best treatment option for you.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, is a type of oral surgery that is used to correct abnormalities of the jaw and teeth. It is often recommended for individuals who have problems with their bite (the way the upper and lower teeth fit together) or who have difficulty speaking or swallowing due to misaligned jaws.

Different Types of Jaw Problems

There are several different types of jaw abnormalities that may be corrected with orthognathic surgery, these include:

  • Adjusting your bite if you have a severe crossbite, overbite or underbite
  • Correct problems with the symmetry of your face
  • Help relieve pain due to temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Repair congenital conditions like cleft palate
  • Repair damage done through injury
  • Make biting, chewing or swallowing easier
  • Address mouth breathing

Orthognathic surgery may also be recommended for individuals who have jaw deformities due to genetics, injury, or other factors. Dr. Schatz will examine your teeth and bite and make a recommendation based on the findings. If surgery is needed, the type and process will be discussed with you during a consultation.

The Process

Orthognathic surgery is typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, who is a dental specialist trained in the diagnosis and treatment of abnormalities of the head, neck, face, and jaws. The surgery is usually done in a hospital or outpatient surgical center and may involve a combination of procedures to reposition the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both.


Jaw surgery is a major procedure that requires a significant amount of recovery time. After the surgery, individuals will need to follow a special diet and take medications as prescribed by their surgeon. They may also need to wear braces or other dental appliances to help their teeth and jaws heal properly.

Overall, orthognathic surgery can be a highly effective treatment for individuals with jaw abnormalities that are causing problems with their bite, speech, or swallowing. If you are experiencing these issues, it is important to speak with a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine if jaw surgery is the right option for you.

Do not hesitate to ask questions, and gather all the information you need in order to feel comfortable with the procedure. Dr. Schatz is located in San Antonio and is happy to provide answers to any questions you have about jaw surgery or jaw pain. Contact Schatz Orthodontics today to schedule an appointment for a consultation.

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22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258

Phone: (210) 494-4606

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22610 US Highway 281 North, Suite 201
San Antonio, TX 78258


(210) 494-4606

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Monday - Wednesday 7:00AM – 4:30PM
Thursday 7:00AM – 4:00PM
Lunch Time 12:30PM - 1:30PM

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