Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre


Orthognathic surgery is required when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit within the jaws. Teeth can be straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This often not only ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly but also improves facial appearance.

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 can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. A traumatic injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

Any of these can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or from trauma to the face.

The surgical intervention may involve moving the upper or lower jaws in space with placement of titanium plates and screws for positioning.

Dr. Sowden will work together with your orthodontist for evaluation and treatment of these conditions. 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.

The procedure requires extensive pre-operative work-up and planning which may not be covered by your dental insurance or the Medical Services Plan. The details of this will be reviewed at the time of your initial consultation.

If you are interested in learning more about orthognathic surgery, please contact us at Harbourside Oral & Facial Surgical Centre.


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