Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) is often necessary when skeletal or dental irregularities make it difficult for the jaw to function correctly. These issues cause patients chronic discomfort pain, difficulty eating, breathing, speaking, and/or facial esthetic concerns. Orthognathic surgery realigns the jaws and teeth to improve these symptoms by reestablishing basic function. We provide orthognathic surgery comfortably in our Alpharetta, GA practice, with operating rooms equipped to exceed the standards in patient safety in an outpatient surgical environment with state-of-the-art technology. Orthognathic surgery is a very successful procedure, and our patients consistently report having a comfortable and stress-free experience that dramatically improves their jaw function and enhances their esthetics.
What is Orthognathic surgery, and how can it help patients physically and aesthetically?
Technology-Driven Jaw Surgery
Dr. Loetscher uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. After a thorough clinical examination and measurements of your face and radiographs, your procedure is planned out. This includes making bite jigs in our on-site laboratory so when your procedure is carried out, it is pre-planned with high accuracy. This greatly improves the precision of the surgery, resulting in consistently superior clinical outcomes and long-term functional and esthetic improvements. It also shortens the procedure time. Once fully healed, your jaw will be in proper alignment, improving your breathing, chewing, speaking, reducing migraines, balancing your facial appearance, and creating a better environment for your teeth. With this approach, you can feel confident that care from Dr. Loetscher will predictably transition you back to optimal oral and maxillofacial health.
Nurse Mary RN discusses the difference that Registered Nurses make in caring for dental patients
Determining the Cost of Your Surgery
Dr. Loetscher does most of the orthognathic surgery in his outpatient surgery facility. This provides a clean, controlled environment as well as providing major cost savings to our patients by eliminating the hospital and its fees.
This procedure in our office is covered under global fees (see below)
The time off school or work 7-14 days
Insurance Coverage: About 70% of our patients have insurance that may cover some of the costs of the surgery, and if done in the hospital, much of the hospital fees
Why Choose Surgery with Us?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only American Dental Association-recognized specialists required to undergo four additional years of hospital-based surgical training, becoming experts in reconstructive face and jaw surgery. Dr. Christian Loetscher trained in Oral & Maxillofacial surgery at Ohio State University, one of the best training programs in the United States for orthognathic surgery. With this training and experience, Dr. Loetscher is uniquely qualified to perform the complex corrective surgeries of the jaw that produce the most functional and esthetic results possible. If referred, we work with your dentist and orthodontist to ensure all facets of your treatment meet the goal of improving the structure of your jaw and thus, your quality of life.
Our Global Fee Structure
We have established “Global Fees” for our orthognathic surgery patients. The global fees cover the surgeon’s fees, anesthesiologist’s fee, and all surgery center fees, including pre-op appointments, and follow-up appointments for the first year.
$13,300 - Lower Jaw (BSSO)
$14,000 - Upper Jaw (1 or 2 piece LeFort)*
$2,800 - Genioplasty (Chin Advancement)
$15,500 - Upper Jaw & Chin or Lower Jaw & Chin
$26,000 - Upper & Lower Jaw Together
$27,500 – Upper & Lower Jaw, with Chin
$4,700 - Surgical Rapid Palatal Expansion (RPE), including Anesthesia
$2,200 - Surgical Rapid Expansion – Lower Jaw, including Anesthesia
$100-300 - Post-Operative In-Home Nursing Service
Note: Surcharge for a 3-piece maxilla upper jaw modification for severe open-bite closure is an additional $1800.
Our Patients Tell The Story Best
Sleep Apnea/Orthognathic Surgery
Stephen explains how correcting his sleep apnea has allowed him to live a normal life again