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Jaw Surgery

Have orthodontics failed to correct your jaw misalignment?

While less invasive dentistry treatments are preferred, sometimes jaw surgery is the best solution for South Ogden, UT, patients.

See how Dr. Ryan K. Austin, a Diplomate of the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, can help restore the function of your jaw. 

What is Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery, otherwise known as orthognathic surgery, is necessary when the size, shape, or alignment of the upper and lower jaw are out of sync. Oral surgery is only necessary when less invasive correction methods, like orthodontics, cannot treat the problem. 

What Problems Can Jaw Surgery Treat?

Poor Alignment

Alignment issues are first dealt with by an orthodontist. Orthognathic surgery can correct a severe underbite, overbite, or misalignment that hinders the jaw's function.

Sleep Apnea

An airway blockage can cause sleep apnea. Orthognathic surgery can place the lower and upper jaw into positions that won't obstruct the airway. 

Injury and Trauma

Maxillofacial and orthognathic surgery can correct facial and oral injuries. Dr. Ryan K. Austin can correct any damage to the jaw and surrounding facial features.

TMJ Disorders

Dr. Austin no longer treats TMJ disorders but can recommend you to another specialist if a TMJ disorder is detected. Often less invasive treatments can help TMJ disorders.

See How Jaw Surgery Can Relieve Your Pain

Are you struggling with any of the conditions above, but visits to your orthodontist haven't helped the problem? You don't have to live with discomfort and pain. Maxillofacial and orthognathic surgery can be the solution that's right for you. Explore your options and see if you're a candidate for jaw surgery by requesting a consultation at our South Ogden, UT office at:

(801) 399-3701 

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Erica Radmall


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The office staff is friendly and professional and Dr. Austin is a very skilled surgeon and cares about his patients well being. Highly recommend!

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Jennifer Noorda


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Dr Austin has done oral surgery on two of my kids he and his staff are amazing!!

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Does Jaw Surgery Hurt?


Thanks to IV sedation, the procedure itself is painless. Though you will still be conscious during the surgery, the anesthetic and sedation methods will help manage pain and keep you blissfully relaxed. You won't remember the procedure after. The maxillofacial surgeon can also prescribe pain medication to manage the pain post-surgery. 

The Process of Jaw Surgery

"In 2019, 207,862 people underwent maxillofacial surgery"
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
"In 2019, 207,862 people underwent maxillofacial surgery"
American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Evaluate With a Consultation

During your initial consultation at our South Ogden, UT, dentistry office, Dr. Austin will evaluate the condition of your jaw and take full-face pictures of your jaw and the state of your teeth using a CT scan.

Plan the Oral Surgery

Between your initial consultation and the day of your surgery, the oral surgeon will send your CT scans to a third-party company to do "virtual surgical planning." This precision-made surgical guide helps the oral surgeon achieve the best and most accurate results. 

Relax With Anesthetic and Sedation Options

Many Ogden patients are nervous about jaw surgery because it's an invasive procedure. However, the procedure is painless, thanks to anesthetic and sedation options. IV sedation is most commonly used for jaw surgery. The patient is still conscious and able to respond during the surgery but will not remember the procedure after it's done.

Undergo the Surgical Procedure

Once the sedative has kicked in, the surgery can begin. Dr. Austin uses titanium plates and screws to fix the jawbones correctly. Titanium is biocompatible, meaning it can fuse with the natural tissue in your jaw. Biocompatibility is why titanium is used in so many dental procedures, such as dental implants.

Recover After the Surgery

Recovery from jaw surgery can be a long process. The entire recovery process takes about 12 weeks. The surgery is an outpatient treatment, meaning the maxillofacial surgeon will clear you for going home shortly after the procedure. Depending on your unique case, the doctor will inform you how long you need to take off work, school, or other activities. Usually, about two weeks are recommended to rest post-surgery.

Before and After Transformations

Jaw surgery at our South Ogden, UT practice can not only improve your jaw's form and function but can also have an aesthetic change on your appearance.

Before jaw surgery
After jaw surgery

How Much is Jaw Surgery?

Cost may be a factor that keeps you from getting jaw surgery. However, our dentistry office is a provider for nearly all health insurance companies that patients in the Ogden area use. We can get pre-approval well in advance of the surgery date so that you can know with confidence that the insurance company will cover the cost of surgery.

"I would highly recommend him to anyone." More 5-Star Reviews from South Ogden, UT Patients


Brandon Cannon


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Dr. Austin is an excellent surgeon! He is very skilled, knowledgeable, and caring. He makes sure that every patient gets the best treatment and has a good experience. I would highly recommend him to anyone.

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Hope Winter


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Made me comfortable (I have a fear of dentists), made lots of jokes, and his assistant was able to answer all of my questions. They even fit me in last minute! Enjoyed my time in this office!

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Ryan K. Austin, DDS

Ryan K. Austin, DDS Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Dr. Ryan K. Austin is a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon with offices in South Ogden and Brigham City, UT. He practices a full scope of oral and maxillofacial surgery with a focus on dental implant surgery, bone grafting associated with dental implants, and wisdom tooth extraction. He is proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (Diplomate status)
  • The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • The American Dental Association
  • The Utah Dental Association

To request a consultation with Dr. Austin, please fill out our online form or call (801) 399-3701.

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