Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates in Chapel Hill, Durham, Sanford NC

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.

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Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology and Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Frost, Dr. Sacco, Dr. Vandersea, Dr. Ruvo or Dr. Serlo use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs. Frost, Sacco, Vandersea, Ruvo or Serlo will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates

5 out of 5 stars based on 5 Jaw Surgery reviews

Patient Review By Cheryl D

My son recently had upper jaw surgery performed by Dr Serlo.and assisted by Dr Saco. We are extremely happy with the surgery. We had been working towards this surgery for over a year, we had a delay due to my son's teeth not being exactly where they needed to be, so a few adjustments from the Orthodontist and we were ready for surgery. Dr Serlo was very supportive to us when we had that delay we were frustrated ,he assured us that waiting for better alignment was what was needed. Dr Serlo was supportive post op also making sure my son was doing what was necessary for recovery after his release from the hospital . He was always available if we needed him by cellphone and checked in on him a few days after surgery on the weekend to insure he was progressing well.All of the staff at the practice are extremely friendly and so very helpful, any time I called or emailed with a question I had an answer very quickly. Stephanie was the assistant that worked with us at every visit , it was nice to have the same person working with Dr Serlo at each appointment, it felt like we were all on this journey to surgery together. She was always helpful and told us what to expect with each visit. Becky is in charge of insurance and she was amazing. Our insurance had denied us originally which Dr Serlo told us would happen but Becky follows up and appealed our case and got us approved. She was very informative about what to expect from billing and easy to reach when ever I had a question. All the staff was amazing. We just had our 6 week check and we are so happy with the whole process and my son can't stop smiling, he is so happy with his new smile. I would recommend anyone that needs Jaw surgery to see Dr Serlo & OMSA.

- Cheryl D

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Patient Review By Cheryl D

We had such a great experience working with Dr Serlo and all the staff. We would recommend this office .

- Cheryl D

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Patient Review By Jeanne D

Our experience at your office was outstanding. This was not an easy procedure for our son to go through, but Dr Serlo was open, honest and answered all of our questions. We also appreciated his attention to detail! The staff was always friendly and attentive! Dr Sacco was also a pleasure to work with. Thank you for an amazing outcome.

- Jeanne D

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Patient Review By Jodi S

My son required a very significant jaw surgery that we had been awaiting for 3 years (until he grew to a certain point). We interviewed 3 surgeons and chose Dr. Ruvo. From start to finish (yesterday) of this 2 year journey Dr. Ruvo was patient, skilled, precise, informative, prompt and honest. The transformation has been incredible. The surgery could not have gone smoother, the recovery was easier than predicted and we are 100% pleased with the results. The staff and nurses have all been wonderful. I highly recommend Dr. Ruvo, Dr. Vanderea (who assisted during the 5 hour surgery) and this practice for any of your oral or maxillofacial surgery needs. High quality care.

- Jodi S

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