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Orthognathic "Jaw" Surgery in Colorado

What is Jaw Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also known as jaw surgery, is surgery designed to correct conditions of the jaw and  face related to structure, growth, airway issues, TMJ disorders, and other dental bite problems where correction can be considered to improve function, facial aesthetics and self-esteem.

Why Might I Need Jaw Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly; this misalignment can cause pain and result in difficulty with chewing, speaking and even with breathing. Many jaw discrepancies result in a narrowed airway which can cause mouth breathing and sleep apnea. Aligning the teeth within the jaw bones with orthodontics and then aligning the jaws with corrective orthognathic surgery not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Our Differentiators

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Digital intraoral scanning

Intraoral scanning prior to surgery not only avoids the need for goopy impression material in your mouth but also creates an accurate representation of your mouth without the chance of model warping or material defects skewing your surgical plan.

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Virtual Surgical Planning

Our doctors combine 3D imaging with intraoral scanning to virtually recreate your jaw relationship and bite. This virtual reconstruction allows for precise surgical planning and the fabrication of patient specific devices to ensure you have the best possible outcome.

Jaw Surgery: What To Expect

Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring careful preparation, and our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.

The surgery is performed in a hospital or surgery center under general anesthesia. Jaw surgery is usually an outpatient procedure rarely requiring an overnight stay in the hospital.  Patients typically may be out of work or school for two weeks after surgery and can expect a return to normal chewing function and unrestricted activity after 6-8 weeks.