Each year at the La Peer Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence, a team of experienced orthognathic surgeons helps patients correct a variety of jaw conditions and achieve excellent cosmetic results. Read on to learn more about orthognathic surgery and procedures offered at the Beverly Hills-based center or call us at (888) 391-3219.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is an umbrella term for a variety of corrective jaw surgeries performed to treat conditions such as sleep apnea (respiratory problems during sleep), facial deformities caused by abnormal growth, injury or birth defects, and orthodontic issues that cannot be effectively treated with braces alone.
Orthognathic procedures can be performed by an orthognathic, oral or maxillofacial surgeon, with consultation of a plastic surgeon, orthodontist, and/or speech therapist as needed on a case-by-case basis. Each of our experienced surgeons at La Peer’s Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence is specially trained in diagnosing and treating an array of jaw disorders, ultimately leaving each patient with functional and aesthetically pleasing results.
Procedures Offered at the Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence
At La Peer, we understand that each patient is unique and requires a customized treatment plan. The Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence offers a number of corrective jaw surgeries, chin surgeries, and orthodontic treatments tailored to meet each patient’s individual needs.
- Single or Double Jaw Surgery – Typically performed under general anesthesia, jaw surgery involves the cutting, reshaping, and repositioning of either or both the mandible (lower jaw bone) and maxilla (upper jaw bone). It may or may not be necessary for your surgeon to wire the teeth or jaws to ensure ideal positioning.
- Genioplasty (chin surgery) – Genioplasty, also referred to as chin repositioning, is a corrective jaw surgery for remedying a receding chin, chin protrusion, or chin misalignment.
- Orthodontic Treatment – Orthodontic surgery typically includes braces before and after the procedure, followed by a retainer. At La Peer, your skilled surgeon will consult closely with an orthodontist and determine a treatment plan for optimal results.
What to Expect Before and After Orthognathic Surgery
Orthodontic braces are typically required before and after any orthognathic surgical procedure to ensure a comfortable and functional bite. At the Beverly Hills-based Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence, our surgeons are trained to make discrete incisions hidden inside the mouth, resulting in minimal to no scarring.
Following the procedure, your surgeon may recommend an all-liquid diet and abstinence from cigarettes and other tobacco products. Any pain or discomfort experienced post op is easily managed with medication. On average, patients report feeling well enough to return to work, school and other activities within one to three weeks following their corrective jaw surgery. Full recovery is expected between three and six months following the procedure, depending on the severity of the condition.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How much does corrective jaw surgery cost?
A: The cost of the various orthognathic surgical procedures offered at La Peer depends on the severity of the condition, location of the problem area, and insurance coverage. For more information regarding your specific case, contact the Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence at (888) 391-3205.
Q: How long is the post-op recovery period?
A: Length of recovery depends again on the severity of the condition. Patients often report feeling well enough to resume most activities, anywhere from one to three weeks following the procedure. A full recovery is typically achieved anywhere from three to six months following the initial procedure.
Q: Is orthodontic treatment required after the procedure?
A: Orthodontic braces are typically required both before and after any corrective jaw surgery to ensure correct placement of the jaws and teeth.
Q: What are the benefits of jaw surgery?
A: Orthognathic surgery can correct a number of conditions and leave patients with a beautiful, fully functional jaw line.
Q: Who is a candidate for orthognathic surgery?
A:Corrective jaw surgery is designed to help individuals suffering from a variety of disorders like skeletal deformities, sleep apnea, and congenital as well as orthodontic defects.
Contact Us Today
To schedule a consultation with one of La Peer’s experienced orthognathic surgeons or receive more information regarding any of the corrective jaw surgeries offered at the Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence in Los Angeles, contact us online or call us at (888) 391-3219.
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