Two providers in Guthrie’s Oral Surgery Department, Dr. Roseanna Noordhoek and Dr. Matt Conquest, have performed the organization’s first orthognathic, or corrective jaw, surgery. Orthognathic surgery is performed by Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which, in turn, can improve chewing, speaking and breathing. Orthognathic surgery is performed primarily to correct functional problems, there is often additional benefit to the patient’s appearance.
Some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
• 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
To discuss a potential referral for this type of oral surgery, providers can contact 570-887-2418.