Orthognathic Surgery in Philadelphia, PA

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Orthognathic Surgery: Your Guide to A Life-Changing Transformation

Orthognathic (jaw) surgery is a life-changing procedure that can transform your facial appearance and improve your quality of life. At Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Philadelphia oral surgeon Dr. Cindi Nguyen offers orthognathic surgery as a safe and effective solution for patients with jaw misalignment, facial asymmetry, and other related issues. Read our helpful guide to learn everything you need to know about orthognathic surgery, including the benefits, the process, and aftercare.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is a corrective surgical procedure that involves repositioning the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both to correct jaw misalignment, improve facial symmetry, and enhance oral health. The procedure is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and can address a range of issues, including:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting
  • Speech problems
  • Sleep apnea
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Open bite or deep bite
  • Protruding jaw
Before and after treatment at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Before and after treatment at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Before and after treatment at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
Before and after treatment at Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

The Benefits of Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery

  • Improved Facial Symmetry and Aesthetics: Jaw surgery can correct facial asymmetry, resulting in a more balanced appearance of the lower face. This can greatly enhance overall facial aesthetics and improve self-confidence
  • Enhanced Oral Health and Function: Jaw surgery can improve the function of the teeth by correcting bite fit or jaw closure issues. It can also minimize excessive wear and breakdown of the teeth.
  • Improved Speech and Breathing: Jaw surgery can correct problems with swallowing or speech. It can also have health benefits by improving sleep, breathing, chewing, and swallowing. This can be particularly beneficial for patients with sleep apnea or other related issues.
  • Reduced Risk of Sleep Apnea and Related Issues: Jaw surgery can help reduce the risk of sleep apnea by improving the airway and breathing during sleep. It can also address other related issues such as snoring and difficulty breathing.
  • Increased Confidence: Jaw surgery can have a transformative effect on a person's self-confidence. By improving facial symmetry and overall appearance, patients often experience a boost in self-esteem and a more positive self-image.

The Orthognathic Surgery Process

At Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we offer orthognathic surgery as a safe, effective solution for jaw misalignment. Here’s what you can expect during the orthognathic surgery process:

Initial Consultation

During your initial consultation, Dr. Nguyen will examine your teeth, jaw, and facial structure to determine if jaw surgery is the right solution for you. She’ll discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have.


Dr. Nguyen will design a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and goals. She’ll use advanced imaging technology to create a 3D model of your jaw and facial structure.


Your jaw surgery will be performed while you’re under general anesthesia. Dr. Nguyen will reposition your jaw or jaws to correct the misalignment. Then, the jaw will be secured in place with plates and screws. The incisions will be closed with sutures and you’ll be ready to go.

Orthognathic Surgery Aftercare

Caring for your jaw after jaw surgery is essential to ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Here are some tips for caring for your jaw after surgery:

  1. Follow a soft food diet for the first few weeks after surgery.
  2. Keep your mouth clean by rinsing with salt water or using a prescribed mouthwash.
  3. Take pain medication as prescribed by your surgeon.
  4. Attend all follow-up appointments to monitor your progress.


Frequently Asked Questions

The surgery is performed while you’re under general anesthesia so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may experience some discomfort and swelling after the surgery. Your oral surgeon will prescribe pain medication to manage any discomfort during the recovery period.
The recovery period after orthognathic surgery can vary depending on the extent of the surgery and the individual patient's healing process. In general, patients can expect to take several weeks off work or school to allow for proper healing. During this time, patients may experience swelling, bruising, and discomfort. It’s important to follow your oral surgeon's instructions for aftercare to ensure a smooth and successful recovery.
Most insurance plans cover orthognathic surgery if it’s deemed medically necessary. However, it’s important to check with your insurance provider to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket expenses.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications associated with orthognathic surgery. These can include infection, bleeding, nerve damage, relapse of jaw position, and changes in sensation or numbness in the face or mouth. However, these risks are relatively rare, and your oral surgeon will take all necessary precautions to minimize them. It’s important to discuss any concerns or questions with your oral surgeon before undergoing the procedure.

Call Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and Transform Your Face With Jaw Surgery

If you’re looking for a Philadelphia oral surgeon who offers orthognathic surgery, look no further than Philadelphia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Dr. Nguyen and our team are committed to providing safe, effective, and life-changing surgical solutions to our patients. Contact us today at (215) 273-3223 to schedule a consultation and learn more about orthognathic (jaw) surgery. You can also click the button below and one of our friendly team members will get back to you shortly. We proudly serve Philadelphia and the surrounding areas of Springfield, Kensington, and Levittown, PA.



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