Frequently Asked Questions

What is the advantage of surgery with Dr. Stuart Super?

Experience

Our office has long been primarily set up to deal with corrective jaw surgery, in particular Orthognathic Surgery.  We are one of the few offices in the country exclusively doing Orthognathic Surgery; with some 25+ years of experience and several thousands of procedures performed, our office is geared to dealing with just about any issue related to this particular surgery.  We effectively deal with insurance companies with over a 90% rate of approval and those with no medical coverage at all.

Shortened Length of Procedures = Lower Costs

Because of our extensive experience with Orthognathic Surgery we have been able to effectively and efficiently reduce the operative time in the operating room, therefore reducing surgery time to a point that is cost effective to those without medical coverage.

Please feel free to inquire with any of our staff members about your qualifications for Orthognathic Surgery.  Let our practice determine if you qualify for a free consultation and answer any questions regarding insurance or cost.  We will work with you and create a package tailored to your needs in order to correct the issues that bother you the most.

How much does jaw surgery cost?

The short answer... it depends.  Once you have scheduled your Free Screening,  Dr. Super will determine which corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate.  It is important to understand that your treatment, which will probably include orthodontics before and after surgery, may take several years to complete.  Dr. Super will try to realistically estimate the time and costs required for your treatment.

I think I might need jaw surgery, what do I do next?

Take the next step, and schedule a Free Consultation with Dr. Super.  He will then create a plan that best suits your needs.  If orthodontics are necessary before or after jaw surgery, he will also recommend a trusted Orthodontist.

Additional Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery FAQs

Q: What kind of problems are corrected with orthognathic surgery?
A: Jaw abnormalities ranging from mild to severe skeletal underbites, overbites and jaw asymmetries.

Q: What kind of surgery does it involve?
A: Orthognathic surgery is a procedure done on the upper or lower jaw and is most often performed through the inside of your mouth. The osteotomies as they are called can involve moving either the whole upper and lower jaw or parts thereof for correction of these bone problems.

Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: These operations can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and a half per jaw.

Q: Does it require a hospitalization and a general anesthetic?
A: Usually yes. The average stay in the hospital is from a couple of hours if it is an ambulatory procedure, to 1-2 days. Recovery time usually requires about a two to seven day recuperation at home. Most patients can go back to work or school in 7-10 days.

Q: What are the possible complications of the surgery?
A: Surgery can have a small risk of infection (thus antibiotics are prescribed to prevent this). Some of the procedures involve working near or around the sensory nerves to the gum tissues and lip, and thus there is a small risk of a numbness or altered sensation of these tissues after the surgery. This is usually self-limiting and comes back in a few months to a couple of years. In a rare case it can produce an sensory deficit that can be more permanent. Bleeding is always a possibility with any surgery, but the need for blood replacement is quite rare. Patients are offered the possibility of auto-transfusion as an insurance policy for peace of mind. You should discuss this option with Dr. Super. Some small degree of tooth movement or bone relapse is possible but can usually be minimized by close monitoring and post surgery elastic therapy.

Q: How often is this kind of surgery performed?
A: Our office specializes in orthognathic surgery and have been doing this type of surgery for 35 years. We have a team that is involved with not only doing the necessary preliminary laboratory and computer evaluations, but also dealing with possible insurance needs. Many of these problems should be and are covered by medical health insurance plans.

Q: What kind of medications and diet will one be placed on after surgery?
A: All our patients are placed on a post operative regimen of antibiotics for 7-10 days and on analgesics and anti-inflammatory medications. The first day or so usually requires a full liquid diet followed by either a pureed diet, and or a mechanical soft diet.

Q: Will one require orthodontics in conjunction with jaw surgery?
A: Most cases usually require a period of pre-surgical orthodontics which should be planned by the orthodontist in consultation with the surgeon.

Q: Will the jaws have to be immobilized or wired?
A: Some period of immobilization may be required, but today many times a technique using special bone fixation can eliminate this, particularly with upper jaw surgery.