Orthognathic Surgery

Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon & Facial Cosmetic Surgeons located in The Woodlands, TX

If your jaw is improperly aligned and affecting your oral health, then orthognathic surgery can help. Oscar Muñiz, DMD, MD, provides exceptional orthognathic surgery at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands. To learn more about what orthognathic surgery can offer, schedule a visit with Dr. Muñiz by calling the office in The Woodlands, Texas, today or booking an appointment online.

Orthognatic Surgery Q & A

What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure to improve the alignment of your jaw. Whereas orthodontics improves your oral architecture by realigning your teeth, orthognathic surgery repositions the structure of your jaw. This not only improves your oral functioning, but it also benefits your appearance.

Who should get orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is an excellent solution for people who have:

  • Open bite
  • Speech problems
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Trouble with proper chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • TMJ or chronic jaw pain
  • Protruding jaw
  • Teeth that don’t seem to fit with the jaws

In many cases, jaw problems can develop when the upper and lower jaw grow at different rates. They can also arise as a result of congenital disabilities or injuries.

What happens when I get orthognathic surgery?

Before you start treatment at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands, you first have a consultation with Dr. Muñiz and the board-certified, dual-degree oral and maxillofacial surgeons. They take X-rays and perform a thorough analysis of your condition to determine if orthognathic surgery is right for you.

You should ask questions about your treatment. Dr. Muñiz and the surgeons at Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands are passionate about educating their patients. They know that the best results come from people who are fully informed and make treatment decisions in collaboration with the surgeons. 

In planning your treatment, Dr. Muñiz and the team work in collaboration with your dentist and orthodontist. They also use state-of-the-art computer video imaging and three-dimensional virtual models. These models can show you how your treatment will improve your bite and can even give you an idea of how you’ll look after your surgery. 

The details of your surgery depend on the particular condition of your jaw, but generally, Dr. Muñiz and the team make incisions in your jawbone, reposition the pieces, and use plates and screws to stabilize the bones so they properly heal. The result is a functional mouth and attractive smile.

To learn more about what orthognathic surgery can do for you, schedule a visit with Oral Facial Surgery Specialists at The Woodlands today by calling the office or booking a visit online.