Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery Redwood City CA

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Who needs orthognathic surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Reddy uses modern computer-aided techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Reddy will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

A jaw surgery patient getting a panoramic x-ray of her jaw

What to Expect

  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
    function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.

Raju Reddy, DDS, MD

5 out of 5 stars based on 90 Jaw Surgery reviews

Patient Review By Carlos A

The service was great.

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Patient Review By Alex J

Great practice.

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Patient Review By Brandon A

Overall good experience

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Patient Review By Rosalina R

Excellent!! A+

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Patient Review By Brian S

Procedure was quick and very painless. Staff was nice and overall great.

- Brian S

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Patient Review By Jackson M

This procedure and recovery went much smoother than expected with very little pain and swelling. It may be helpful to ask patients before the procedure if they prefer liquid or tablet form of prescriptions, so pickup is easy on surgery day.

- Jackson M

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Patient Review By Jason S

You guys are professional and make your patients feel welcomed and at ease here.

- Jason S

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Patient Review By Greg Y

I will keep using this facility until all my teeth are replaced if that the case for now one tooth at a time or in this case two.

- Greg Y

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Patient Review By Stephanie B

This was a positive experience overall. Dr. Reddy did a great job at easing my nerves and keeping my son calm and safe.

- Stephanie B

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Patient Review By Esmeralda H

He is a great oral surgeon

- Esmeralda H

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Patient Review By Adrian G

Dr.Reddy and his team were great throughout the whole process.

- Adrian G

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Patient Review By Justin A

Smooth procedure, clear instructions, easy to communicate and schedule

- Justin A

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Patient Review By Mary B

Good care, friendly staff, easy to schedule

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Patient Review By Barry T

I was well taking care of

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Patient Review By Jack C

No pain

- Jack C

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Patient Review By Cassandra S

Excellent service from start to finish. Very glad to have chosen to have this done by Dr. Reddy. Especially appreciated his confidence and kindness on the extraction day.

- Cassandra S

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Patient Review By Kylar H

Overall very good service. No complaints!

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Patient Review By Diane B

Painless procedure, excellent pre/post op care

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Patient Review By Jeffrey F

A wonderful environment with well trained professionals!! Every attention to detail was performed here! Highly recommended with out fear!!

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Patient Review By Kun L

Great experience

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