Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile.

Using the latest in digital imaging technology, we will demonstrate the overall functional and aesthetic benefits of orthognathic surgery. Computerized treatment planning minimizes treatment times, recovery periods and the overall efficacy of your surgery. State-of-the-art materials such as titanium plates and miniature screws provide stability, strength and predictability to your treatment. These advances in technology, procedures and equipment reduce post-surgical recovery time, thus allowing patients to return to their normal routines soon after the surgery.

Orthognathic surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic treatment can correct the problem. With the latest advances in orthodontics, this is sometimes the case. We will determine if orthognathic surgery is the correct treatment option for you. If so, Dr. Katz can provide pre-surgical services and refer you to an oral surgeon.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does it take to recover from orthognathic surgery?

The initial healing period following the procedure typically takes about 6 weeks. It may take up to 12 weeks for your mouth to heal completely, and the entire process including braces may take a few years to complete.

Is orthognathic surgery plastic surgery?

No-- orthognathic surgery is a type of medical surgery. It’s typically restorative in nature, therefore insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. We suggest contacting your insurance provider for specific details on your coverage. 

If there are any questions we can answer, don’t hesitate to contact our Greensboro office by calling (336) 286-5800 or our Eden office at (336) 627-1537 and a knowledgeable team member will be happy to assist you.

How long does orthognathic surgery take?

The surgery usually takes one to two hours for a single procedure. If you require multiple procedures, the surgery can take three or four hours. Your oral surgeon will let you know in advance how long your surgery will take so you can plan for it. 

Some people may also need to stay in the hospital for one to two days after their surgery to recover. The amount of time you’ll need to heal depends on your surgery and the amount of jaw correction you need. 

What should I avoid following orthognathic surgery?

After your orthognathic surgery, you’ll want to follow a few guidelines to ensure proper healing. In addition to any recommendations given by your oral surgeon, you’ll want to:

  • Avoid blowing your nose for 2 weeks
  • Refrain from spitting and smoking for 3 weeks
  • Keep your tongue away from the surgical site
  • Avoid abrasive food such as nuts, popcorn, and seeds

  • For at least the first 10 days, your diet will consist of blended foods and liquids, so you’ll want to be sure to have a blender on hand. It’ll be easier to stick to your diet with meal planning and measuring your intake to ensure you’re getting enough calories.


    Katz Orthodontics

    • Greensboro Office - Brassfield Professional Center 2018-A New Garden Rd., Greensboro, NC 27410 Phone: 336-286-5800 Fax: 336-286-5801
    • Rockingham County Office - Professional Village, Building 4, 707 S. Van Buren Rd., Eden, NC 27288 Phone: 336-627-1537 Fax: 336-286-5801

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