Orthognathic Surgery

Jaw Surgery in Northbrook

Orthognathic surgery or corrective jaw surgery is a procedure designed to correct skeletal abnormalities of the face and jaws and may be used to improve the airway. These malpositions may be secondary to growth, structure, trauma, TMJ dysfunction, and congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip/ palate. The results of skeletal disharmony can include: malocclusion (improper alignment of the teeth or bite), breathing issues, difficulty speaking, and difficulty eating. The esthetic implications include: too much tissue show with smiling, too little tooth show,  a crooked smile and improper facial profile. When the bones do not line up properly, braces alone will not improve the situation and malocclusion may result in damage to the teeth, joints, or other structures. Surgery may be performed to move the upper jaw, lower jaw, chin, or any combinations of the three.

Both Dr. Steinberg and Dr. Nick thoroughly enjoy orthognathic surgery and have over 1000 combined cases. This is a surgery that can make esthetic and functional improvements and can make significant changes in the lives of our patients. We use top of the line technology to digitally plan all surgeries and to order custom fixation plates, which allows for more stable and accurate movements.

The surgery itself is performed in a hospital and typically involves a one night stay. The entire set-up is typically a two-year process with a year to eighteen months of orthodontic treatment prior to surgery, and six months to a year of braces after surgery. After surgery, one week off of work or school is recommended to allow healing. Diet will consist of full liquids for 4 weeks and contact sports are to be avoided for three months.

Overall, Dr. Nick and Dr. Steinberg are very passionate about this life changing procedure and they have significant experience and have performed all types of cases ranging from upper jaw, lower jaw, chin surgery, combinations of all three.

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