Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery Nottingham MD

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

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Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

Technology & Orthognathic Surgery

Dr. Lyn or Dr. Reid uses modern computer-aided 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’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Lyn or Dr. Reid will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Woman receiving a dental x-ray

What to Expect

  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
    function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.


Nottingham Oral Surgery Center

5 out of 5 stars based on 3 Jaw Surgery reviews.

Patient Review By Rachel A

In 2018, I started having severe headaches that wouldn't go away on Excedrin alone. I found out from my dentist it was due to severe nocturnal bruxism and my TMJ disease was getting tons worse, when I thought it was getting better ever since Dr. Krupp from Krupp center took out all four wisdom teeth four years ago. After my dentist made me a new mouth guard, it still didn't work. I was still feeling the nasty firey pain all over my face. He referred me to Dr. Trevann Lyn here, and his office was very convenient because I live literally five minutes down the street from him. He took one look at me and my mouth guard (I'm a clencher) and he said he knew what to do to help me, the one treatment that was most effective and that cost less. I didn't want to go through surgery again, so Dr. Lyn suggested getting Botox for TMJ chronic pain. He was able to see me quickly in June, and I was able to pay in full up front- it's a couple hundred dollars less than what I paid for my wisdom teeth surgery. I was able to eat breakfast before the appointment, because I was awake, and it was done in 10-20 minutes. Procedure feels as painless as getting your ears pierced. Believe it or not, I started feeling better in just the first hour after getting it done, and it wasn't just because I took an Excedrin that day because I came into his office with a nasty headache and I'd been crying. I'm using less and less Excedrin and Imitrex every day now, and there's less tension in the neck and lower jaw. I'm going back in tomorrow for my second dose and I'm already excited, because I hate this disease, living with anxiety and bipolar disorders and not being allowed to de-stress by singing karaoke or chewing bubblegum: both of those things are forbidden if you have TMJ disorders! With a little more time to heal, I'll be ready for that karaoke contest semifinals in two weeks! Thanks, Dr. Lyn, you're a sweetheart!

- Rachel A

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Patient Review By Carolyn H

If there were more stars, I would give an even higher rating. Everyone - staff and doctor - were wonderful. Attentive, professional, sympathetic. I had significant, infected, tori and my dentist made an emergency referral to Dr. Lyn, who saw me that day, and operated the next. He had to cut out a lot of bone, on both sides of my mouth, but he did a fabulous job. Recovery pain was manageable, under his excellent instructions. He saw me numerous times post operation, to make sure I was healing properly, and to answer all my questions. He went out of his way to explain things, and to reassure me through the process, including making suggestions of what to eat during the recovery, which was difficult given the extensiveness of the surgery and the size of the resulting wounds. I had been very fearful going into the surgery, but every step of the way, he allayed my fears in a sympathetic and professional manner. While I wouldn't wish this kind of surgery on anyone, if you need to have it, I would recommend Dr. Lyn without reservation.

- Carolyn H

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Patient Review By john m

professional thorough and very friendly. I feel very confident with Dr Trevann Lyn

- john m

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