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Orthognathic Surgery in Costa Rica

Orthognathic surgery is used to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders or to correct orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces.

Orthognathic surgery is also used in the treatment of congenital conditions like cleft palate. Bones can be cut and re-aligned, held in place with either screws or plates and screws.

Following are some of the conditions that may indicate patient need corrective jaw surgery.

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint 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
  • Recending lower jaw and chin
  • Protuding jaw
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep Apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, includes snoring)
  • Birth defects

Jaw surgery to correct dentofacial deformities (defects)

Open bite : Being unable to close the front or back teeth

Mandibular Prognathism overgrown prostrusive lower jaw, the mandible

Mandibular retrognathia underdeveloped lawyer jaw, the mandible

Gummy smile : An excessive amount of gum showing at rest or when smiling

Facial Asymmetry : Disharmony between the two sides of the face

Genioplasty : Surgery to the chin with a genioplastyor a chin implant to after shape, enlarge o reduce chin.


The information provided here is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. It is provided to help you communicate effectively when you seek the advice of your oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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