Orthognathic Surgery

In acute trauma cases, the goal of reconstruction is a one-stage repair, made possible by the application of well-known oral and maxillofacial surgery techniques. Delayed treatment has been replaced by early or immediate surgical treatment and stabilization of small bone fragments augmented by bone grafts and miniplate rigid fixation. These advances have allowed surgeons to approach and often reach the goal of restoring pre-injury facial appearance and function while at the same time minimizing revision surgery.

Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is performed by Dr. Kassan to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which in turn can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. While the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery, orthognathic surgery is primarily performed to correct functional problems.

Dr Ashwin Kassan, Orthognathic Surgery, Maxillo-facial and Oral Surgeon

Orthognathic Surgery

The following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • difficulty chewing, or biting food
  • difficulty swallowing
  • chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • excessive wear of the teeth
  • open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • unbalanced facial appearance from the front, or side
  • facial injury or birth defects
  • receding chin
  • protruding jaw
  • inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
  • sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)

For more information about our procedures including orthognathic surgery visit our treatment video page

To find out more about Orthognathic Surgery, please download pdf from South African Society of Maxillo Facial and Oral Surgeons (SASMFOS) website