Lady with treesAt Douglas J. Knight Orthodontics in Tacoma, WA, we offer comprehensive orthodontic care that caters to a variety of individual orthodontic needs. In addition to our services like Invisalign and clear braces, we also offer treatments that are designed to correct jaw abnormalities and facial asymmetry while acting in conjunction with orthognathic surgery.

Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, treats a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities such as misalignment of the jaws and teeth. These abnormalities can often cause difficulty and pain associated with everyday movements of the jaw and face. Jaw surgery can correct these problems, and when combined with orthodontic treatment, it can improve the overall appearance of the facial profile and functionality of the jaw.

Do You Need Jaw Surgery?

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, some conditions that might indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery include:

  • 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

Dr. Knight and his team of professionals use the latest in digital imaging technology to demonstrate to you the aesthetic and functional benefits of jaw surgery. If you believe you are a candidate for jaw surgery, an examination with Dr. Knight will give you the answers you are looking for and the best advice for your possible treatment options. In many cases, jaw surgery may be unnecessary if orthodontic care such as braces or certain appliances can correct the problem.

If you believe you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery or have any further questions, please contact our Tacoma, WA office to schedule an exam. During your exam, we will determine if orthognathic surgery is in fact the correct treatment to fit your needs. We look forward to serving you!