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Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery or Orthognathic Surgery is a well-established surgical treatment for the correction of skeletal facial and jaw deformities. This surgery is indicated when there is an abnormal growth of the upper and lower jaws, leading to a mismatch of the jaws and an improper, deranged bite or a malocclusion. This malocclusion cannot be corrected by orthodontic therapy or braces alone.

With the advent of 3D Virtual Surgical Planning (VSP), together with improvements in surgical techniques, corrective jaw surgery is becoming safer, and is performed more precise and efficiently than ever before. VSP allows surgical planning and patient outcomes to be visualised in 3D, leading to better surgical outcomes and higher patient satisfaction.

At AOMF Surgery, our specialist oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr Andrew Ow, is well-experienced in managing skeletal facial and jaw deformities. To find our more, make an appointment for a consultation with our specialist today.

What are facial and jaw deformities?

These are facial and jaw deformities that arise from an abnormal growth of the upper and lower jaws. These deformities affect the length, contour, shape and symmetry of the jaws, resulting in a mismatch of the upper and lower jaws.

They can present in one or more of the following ways:

  • Underbite or a long lower jaw
  • Overbite or a short lower jaw
  • Open bite or unable to bring your front teeth together
  • Cross-bite or a lower jaw shift to one side

What are the problems associated with jaw deformities?

  • Unable to bite and chew certain foods properly
  • Speech problems or unable to pronounce certain words properly
  • Mouth breathing
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders or pain
  • Obstructive Sleep Aponea (OSA)
  • Psychosocial issues

How does Corrective Jaw Surgery treat these deformities?

  • Corrective jaw surgery or Orthognathic surgery aims to restore the upper and lower jaws into a normal functioning position
  • The surgery may involve one jaw or both upper and lower jaws
  • As the jaws are moved into a normal position, a normal biting relationship of the upper and lower teeth is restored

What does Corrective Jaw Surgery involve?

  • Corrective jaw surgery is performed as an inpatient procedure under a general anaesthesia and will require hospital admission
  • Depending on the complexity of the procedure, the surgery will normally take between 3 to 5 hrs to complete
  • Hopsitalisation stay will be between 1 to 3 days
  • Upon discharge, a 6 week recovery period is needed to allow healing of the jaw bones

Are these procedures Medisave claimable?

  • If you are a Singaporean or Permanent Resident, you will be able to use your Medisave to cover part of the cost of the surgical procedure
  • Speak to our clinic staff at 6276 7276 to find out more about your financial options

Does my medical insurance cover this treatment?

  • It will be advisable to first check with your insurance company if the surgery is covered under your existing policy
  • We are also happy to provide any assistance with any information pertaining to the surgery
  • Speak to our clinic staff at 6276 7276 to find out more about your financial options