FAQ’S ABOUT CORRECTIVE JAW (ORTHOGNATHIC) SURGERY:
Who needs orthognathic surgery?
Patients whose teeth don’t bite correctly, underbites (class III malocclusion), overbites (class II malocclusion). open bite (where the front teeth don’t touch and can’t cut food or any teeth don’t touch when the teeth are biting together) and other bad bites (malocclusions) such as crossbites. Orthognathic surgery is also done to move the bones of the face to correct skeletal deformities which may be causing problems. One such problem is obstructive sleep apnea. Moving the jaws can open the airway and help the patient breath. It can also correct facial disharmonies such as lip incompetence or unaesthetic smiles.
What are the benefits?
Improvement in the occlusion (bite) of the teeth and function of the jaws is the most common benefit. Other benefits include improved airway, lip function, overall oral health, correction of obstructive sleep apnea, improved facial appearance and improved speech.
Does jaw surgery ever relapse?
Yes. There is a chance that a type of arthritis in the joint can cause loss of bone that will change the bite. Carefully following post-operative instructions and regular follow-up is important to prevent this
What are the restrictions of my activities after surgery?
Each patient varies depending on the surgery that was performed. On average, most patients require six weeks of bed rest. However, the bones will be fully mature at the two-year mark. Typically, with our patients, there are no restrictions after six months.
Does medical insurance cover it?
Depending on the case, medical insurance will sometimes cover costs of orthognathic surgery. We make exceptional efforts to help the patient retrieve insurance benefits.
How much does it cost?
Depending on the complexity of the case, it can cost $10,000.00 to $20,000.00 cash pay which includes all costs (facility, surgery, and hardware). We try our best to give you an accurate estimate of all the costs (several of which are not under our control). In general, we tell patients with insurance to anticipate satisfying their max out of pocket.