While Dr. Buttner tries to avoid the need for jaw surgery by utilizing early or interceptive orthodontic treatment, abnormal growth patterns, genetics or trauma occasionally cause a combined approach to be needed. In such cases, Dr. Buttner teams up with local (or national) specialists (oral surgeons) to provide optimal patient care.
Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) treats and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the jaws and the teeth. Often, these abnormalities cause difficulty associated with chewing, talking, sleeping and other routine activities. Orthognathic surgery corrects these problems and, in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, will improve the overall appearance of the facial profile. This type of treatment can also be utilized to help prevent or correct some breathing disorders, such as sleep apnea.