Oral Surgery for Pediatric Patients (Orthognathic Surgery)

Learn about the treatment of oral surgery for pediatric patients (Corrective Jaw Surgery) at Florida Craniofacial Institute.

Unequal growth of the jaws commonly leads to bite problems that cannot be corrected by braces alone. In these situations, orthognathic (jaw straightening) surgery is needed.

Orthognathic Surgery is used to correct conditions of the jaw and face related to structure, growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, malocclusion problems owing to skeletal disharmonies, or other orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces. It is also used in treatment of congenital conditions like cleft palate. [1] Bones can be cut and re-aligned, then held in place with either screws or plates. Orthognathic is also referred to as corrective jaw surgery. [2]