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Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws. Familiar terms may be an 'overbite' or 'underbite'.  Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery then repositions misaligned jaws. 


If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Lussier 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.

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 two 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.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 6-8 weeks.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.
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