Segmental Jaw Surgery

Segmental jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, involves lower jaw surgery, upper jaw surgery, or both. Its function is to reposition the jaw to correct jaw alignment and malocclusions (the misalignment of the teeth or jaw).

If you or your child has discrepancies or disproportions of the upper and lower jaws, and related structures, segmental jaw surgery can help you. Some of these discrepancies and disproportions include bite abnormalities, improper alignment of the lips, trouble with eating and speaking, facial imbalance, snoring or breathing problems, and pain in the jaw joints.

Our interdisciplinary surgical team at the Yale Maxillofacial and Orthognathic Surgery Program will work with your orthodontist or, if needed, one we provide, to create a comprehensive treatment plan to:  
  • Maximize your ability to speak, eat, and chew
  • Enhance your facial symmetry and appearance
  • Balance your jaw/face position
  • Minimize sleep apnea and snoring
  • Relieve jaw joint pain
Some of the segmental jaw surgeries our team performs include:
By using advanced 3D imaging to assess you or your child’s specific condition, we can simulate the outcome of proposed surgical plans and adjust any discrepancies before surgery. The 3D technology allows us to create a surgical plan with a level of accuracy not available with traditional imaging technology.