Orthognathic Surgery

Correcting Bite Problems Across Bismarck, Dickinson, & More!

Hollevoet Orthodontics is a Bismarck, Devil's Lake & Dickinson ND orthodontic practice that offers quality orthodontic care to patients of all ages. Whether you need a Bismarck orthodontist for your child or want to find out if Invisalign is right for you, we can accommodate all your needs. 

Often times, problems with the bite or alignment of the teeth can be corrected using various methods of dental and orthodontic treatment. Sometimes however, corrective jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery is recommended in cases where skeletal and dental irregularities are not easily remedied. 
Orthognathic surgery may sound complex, but this surgery is not always so complicated and serious. Orthognathic surgery can often be done as a routine in-office procedure. For example, extracting impacted wisdom teeth or placing dental implants in the jaw are orthognathic surgery procedures that can be done in-office.

Conditions Which can Be Treated with Corrective Orthognathic Surgery 

The conditions that can be treated successfully with orthognathic surgery include:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting food or swallowing
  • TMJ pain and headache 
  • Excessive wear on teeth 
  • Open bite, underbite, overbite (malocclusions)
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance 
  • Facial injury or birth defects 
  • Receding chin 
  • Protruding jaw 
  • Lips that don't meet correctly 
  • Chronic mouth breathing and mouth dryness 
  • Sleep apnea

How Orthognathic Surgery is Performed 

While every patient is unique, we can outline the general steps taken when planning and performing orthognathic surgery. The first step involves a thorough examination by our orthodontist followed by a consultation & planning meeting with the restorative or general dentist, your orthodontist and the oral surgeon. A precise, individualized plan of treatment is then developed using diagnostic images, 3-D models and advanced computer software.

The treatment plan we develop for you may involve using orthodontic appliances such as braces or a retainer either prior to or following the surgical procedure to ensure you have an effective and aesthetically pleasing result. It may even be possible for us to show you a picture of what you will look like when the treatment is complete. 

Orthognathic surgery can be done at the hospital or at our Bismarck or Dickson orthodontic office using the most appropriate type of anesthesia. Once the surgery is done, minor pain and swelling can be controlled with prescription or over-the-counter pain medication. We will tell you to follow a soft or liquid diet for a few days following the surgery.

Recovering from Orthognathic Surgery

Recovering from corrective orthognathic surgery typically takes one to two weeks to feel “normal” again. Of course, how long it takes you to recover depends on the amount of surgical correction needed, whether or not both jawbones need correction and your age.

Orthognathic surgery can provide you with many benefits including improved facial appearance, correction of chewing problems, speech deficits, sleep related disorder and jaw pain. 

Everyone deserves a healthy and beautiful smile and that's what we strive to provide each of our patients with at Hollevoet Orthodontics. If you'd like to schedule an appointment to find out if you could benefit from orthognathic surgery, please call us at (701) 751-1981 or complete the Appointment Request Form. We look forward to seeing you soon! 


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