Orthognathic Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

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Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Urbanek uses modern computer-aided techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Urbanek will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

A patient getting a panoramic x-ray of her jaw

What to Expect

  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
    function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.

Anthony P. Urbanek, DDS, MS, MD

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Dr. Urbanek set very clear expectations for the surgery and recovery period during my consultation appointment which I appreciated and found helpful when deciding to move forward with my procedure. I am very happy with how the entire process went and couldn’t be happier with the results. Thank you!

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This is the second time that Dr Urbanek has been able to take care of major oral surgery for me. The first time was 20 years ago when he successfully removed a Tumor from my palate and sinus area. This time I came to him with an opening between my oral and sinus cavities. I cannot say enough great things about this Doctor! I just hope he never retires because he is such an upstanding, compassionate, and knowledgeable Doctor. Thank you Dr Urbanek for another successful surgery.

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Dr. Urbanek was very helpful and did a wonderful job with my surgery. The staff is kind and attentive.

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Friendly staff. Surgery went well and efficient. Organized professional office. Thank you!

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No problems at all with surgical extraction of molar. Scheduling was quick and Julie was great at handling insurance. Dr and Amy were very thorough in explaining what was going to happen and what to expect.

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I trust no other oral surgeon. I have deep fears and the doc is always straight forward with me. Couldn’t ask for a better staff and their new office is great.

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Dr. Urbanek is a very good Doctor and has a very good bed side manner. I would recommend him to anyone.

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Very satisfied with the treatment I received I will come back if I need his services again and I will recommend Dr. Urbanek to my friends and family

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Dr. Urbanek will always do any oral surgery on me has long has he is practicing. Excellent at what he does.

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Very positive experience overall with Dr. Urbanek and staff there. Riley, Amy, and Julie are all very helpful and customer service is well above average. Dr. Urbanek is experienced, knowledgeable, and professional.

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He and his staff did an excellent job in explaining the procedure and what to expect. I would recommend him to anyone having oral surgery. It was a pleasant experience.

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It was a very smooth experience and totally painless. The teeth extraction was over in 15 minutes and adequate medication ensured the pain was not experienced at any point of time. Totally satisfied and highly recommended.

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- Scott E

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Dr Urbaneck is an excellent dentist! I have had dealings With him for a long time when bringing my daughter to him for TMJ surgeries. He take time to talk to you. Good bed side manner.

- Teresa G

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Before I had the surgery if I ate anything like a apple are just open my mouth wide my jaw would pop out of joint But my surgery was fine no more pain

- Richard D

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My surgery went well and the staff & doctor are Awesome! This is my second time using Dr. Urbanek for a procedure & I would recommend him to others!

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