Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery)
Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. 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 may affect chewing function, speech, or 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 is necessary.
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 & Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Meymand uses modern computer-aided 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 proposed treatment.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Meymand 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.
What to Expect
- Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
- The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
- Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
- Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
- The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
- Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
- Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
function may take one year.
- Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
- Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.
Dr. Samira Meymand
Patient Review by Dianne S
If you are at all anxious about going to an oral surgeon, then this is the doctor for you! Aside from her impressive credentials, which should put your mind at ease as to her capabilities, Dr. Meymand is a refreshingly down to earth person. She is happy to take the time to talk to you, answer all your questions, and allay any of your fears. She is genuinely caring, warm and compassionate. Lighthearted and thorough in all that she does, she truly cares as much about your comfort as she does about your teeth. She took me in immediately when sudden, indescribable pain in my tooth and jaw had me terrified. She and her wonderful staff correctly diagnosed a massive abscess under a crowned molar. I was in surgery the same day, as soon as all the preparations could be made, and woke up the next morning completely pain free! I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Meymand. She is, hands down, a "5", who will definitely put a smile back on your face!
- Dianne S
Patient Review by Kristen D
I have never written a review before but felt compelled to do so because of the excellent service that I received here. I took a very bad fall and knocked out one of my front teeth. After going to the emergency room, they sent me to Dr. Meymand to have my tooth re-implanted that same day. Dr. Meymand and her entire staff were very professional and made sure that I felt comfortable throughout the procedure. Before going home, she gave me a number to call, day or night, if I had any trouble with my tooth. The next day, I received a phone call making sure that I was doing well. I cannot say enough good things about Dr. Meymand and her team. I am very grateful for her kindness and highly recommend her.
- Kristen D
Patient Review by Kristin S.
I had an extraction emergency at the end of the day, and Dr. Meymand stayed after hours to perform the procedure...and I wasn't even an existing patient. I was in a tremendous amount of pain when I arrived at her office, and the extraction proved to be complicated, but she was incredibly kind and caring from the moment I arrived until I left an hour and a half later. She even gave me a direct phone number to reach her if I had any problems during the two weeks of healing. I have never known any doctor to stay late, much less for a new patient...and neither have I ever felt so sincerely cared about in ANY medical situation. I am very, very grateful and would highly recommend her.
- Kristin S.