Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is one of our most powerful tools for straightening or realigning the jaw and for correcting facial abnormalities.

At Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Indianapolis, our experienced oral surgeons use orthognathic procedures to restore normal jaw function, enhance appearance and overcome skeletal deformities.

We feel privileged to make these surgical techniques available to our patients, because they truly have the ability to change lives.

Common Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery

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Although corrective jaw surgery may be indicated for a variety of reasons, these are some of the common conditions we treat in our practice:

Receding or Protruding Jaw ― You may recognize these conditions by their more common terms, underbite or overbite.

Open or Misaligned Bite ― In this condition, some portion of the teeth fail to properly meet, resulting in the inability to masticate (chew) or speak properly.

Damage or Trauma ― Teeth can be broken or lost as a result of an accident or other injury.

Corrective surgery also is used for treating birth defects, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ or TMD), excessive tooth wear, chronic pain, sleep apnea and unbalanced facial appearance.

What to Expect with Jaw Surgery

In many cases, orthognathic surgical techniques are used in conjunction with orthodontia and related treatments. You may wear braces or other orthodontic appliances before or after surgery to enhance your results and ensure success.

Prior to surgery, our doctors will work with your orthodontist and other members of your treatment team to determine the most effective approach to your specific needs. This typically involves 3-D imaging and a detailed surgical plan.

When the time comes for your surgery, you will most likely check in at the hospital or surgery center, where your procedure will be performed under general anesthesia. Most patients go home the next day and experience only minor swelling and discomfort. Gone are the days of having your mouth wired shut to correct jaw problems, and you likely will be able to return to your normal routine after just a few days.

Jaw surgery can have a dramatic effect on your ability to eat, speak and breathe, as well as on your appearance. Using their advanced training and experience, Drs. Kelly and Garrison can help you feel and look better using safe and scientifically proven surgical techniques.

If you live in Indianapolis, Carmel or the surrounding area, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.