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Orthognathic Surgery New York

Functional and Aesthetic Jaw Repositioning

Orthognathic SurgeryWhen a patient’s upper and lower jaws do not meet correctly, severe malocclusion can result. An improperly aligned bite may lead to difficulty chewing and speaking, unbalanced facial features, and excessive grinding of the teeth. Orthognathic surgery is performed to bring the jaws into proper alignment, improving facial appearance while ensuring teeth function properly.

Learn more by contacting Dr. Maurice Edwards, a talented oral and maxillofacial surgeon with years of experience performing orthognathic surgery at his New York practice.

Causes of Poor Jaw Alignment

Many patients have improperly aligned jaws simply due to the fact that the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates. Because the jaws are not expanding in unison, a patient may experience difficulty chewing and speaking, and both oral health and aesthetics may be compromised. Individuals who have experienced a traumatic injury to the jaw can also develop poor jaw alignment, and may benefit from orthognathic surgery.

When To Seek Evaluation

If you are experiencing the following symptoms, contact Dr. Edwards for evaluation. Orthognathic surgery may provide the solution to your discomfort.

  • When jaws and teeth do not meet properly, difficulty chewing, speaking and swallowing may occur.
  • Tooth enamel experiencing heavy wear may indicate that teeth are grinding together as a result of malocclusion
  • Chronic pain in the jaw, head or ears may signal temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which may require surgical jaw repositioning.
  • If you experience respiratory difficulties such as chronic mouth breathing, sleep apnea, or dry mouth syndrome, poor jaw alignment may be to blame.
  • Orthognathic surgery can correct aesthetic irregularities that occur in cases of protruding jaws, receding chins or open bites, which leave a space between upper and lower teeth.

Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery

The surgical repositioning of the upper and lower jaws provides relief from chronic pain while restoring proper dental function. However, many patients are pleased that orthognathic surgery also provides the aesthetic benefits of a structured, well-defined jaw line that enhances the entire face. The results are jaws that are attractive, functional and healthy.

The Surgical Procedure

When it has been determined that orthognathic surgery is the best course of action for properly aligning your jaw, you will likely be fitted with a set of orthodontic braces. These dental appliances will shift your teeth into a position that will become ideal after your jaw has been readjusted during surgery.

Dr. Edwards will take x-rays, images and impressions of your mouth, which he will use to plan the course of your surgery, ensuring optimal jaw and tooth alignment. Prior to beginning the procedure, you will be sedated with general anesthesia. Because Dr. Edwards is certified in anesthesia, he will personally ensure that your experience is as comfortable and worry-free as possible.

During a surgery lasting from one to several hours, Dr. Edwards will reshape and reposition the upper and lower jaws to create a defined, properly aligned bite. In some cases, the addition or removal of bone is necessary for the achievement of ideal results. For the sake of discretion, most necessary incisions will be made inside the mouth, reducing and possibly eliminating visible scarring. However, in the case that external incisions are required, Dr. Edwards will ensure every measure is taken to minimize their appearance.

Recovering from Orthognathic Surgery

Within one to three weeks, most patients find they can comfortably resume their daily activities. However, the complete healing of the jaw typically occurs over a period of nine to twelve months.

Dr. Edwards will discuss your options for alleviating postsurgical discomfort, and will prescribe the medication necessary to ensure your recovery is as comfortable as possible.

Learn More about Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Maurice Edwards, a talented oral and maxillofacial surgeon, provides valuable guidance to patients interested in orthognathic surgery. Contact his New York practice and take the first step to relieving chronic pain while restoring function and aesthetics to the jaw.


Dr. Maurice Edwards, D.M.D.

Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon

41 East 57th Street, Suite 1204
New York, New York 10022

p: 212 888 8624 f: 212 838 5533