My Bite is Off - Alpharetta, GA

Specialized Surgical Care for Malocclusion

What is Orthognathic surgery, and how can it help patients physically and aesthetically?

When Is Orthognathic Surgery Needed?

Jaw pain or clicking. Tooth wear and sensitivity. Grinding and clenching. These are all signs that your bite may be off. Otherwise known as malocclusion, a bite that does not come together correctly can lead to many other problems that extend beyond the teeth. If issues involve the alignment of the teeth, this can often be corrected with orthodontics. However, when the jaws are asymmetrical or too far forward or backward, whether congenital or from abnormal development or trauma, we may recommend orthognathic surgery to correct the problem. We complete all of the orthognathic surgery in our state-of-the-art outpatient surgery facility in Alpharetta, GA. This provides a clean, controlled environment with access to general anesthesia as well as providing major cost savings to our patients. Our experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Christian Loetscher, has been practicing in the metro Atlanta area for over 25 years, developing a reputation as one of the top oral and maxillofacial surgeons specializing in orthognathic surgery. You can trust our skilled surgical team to provide the care you need to correct your malocclusion.


Signs of Malocclusion

  • Grinding and clenching
  • Chronic headaches
  • Jaw pain or stiffness
  • Tooth wear and sensitivity
  • Altered facial appearance
  • Difficulty chewing, swallowing, and eating
  • Loose teeth
  • Broken teeth

How Jaw Surgery Fixes a Bad Bite

Orthognathic surgery repositions the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. By moving the jaw bones and securing them in the correct positions, teeth are in a better location to meet properly and function correctly. Working closely with your orthodontist, a combination of skilled jaw surgery and orthodontics can create the ideal environment for the joints, muscles, and teeth. Depending on the severity of the case, correcting misalignment of asymmetry of the jaw(s) can dramatically enhance facial esthetics as well. Due to the nature of this surgery, we take great care to plan your treatment using the most advanced technologies. Dr. Loetscher uses modern computer 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 will look after surgery. With this approach, you can feel confident that care from Dr. Loetscher will predictably transition you back to optimal oral and maxillofacial health.

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