How Much Does Orthognathic Surgery Cost?

Posted on 5/30/2016 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
A woman in need of orthognathic surgery; because she's suffering from severe jaw pain.Orthognathic surgery is a type of corrective jaw surgery that is used to realign or straighten the jaw, and it also helps to correct skeletal deformities.

If your child's dentist has recommended that he pursue this type of surgery, one question that may weigh heavily on your mind is how much the procedure will cost you. In reality, a lot of factors will need to be taken into consideration when determining the price of the procedure.

About Corrective Jaw Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is completed by an oral surgeon, usually in a hospital setting. The main purpose is to correct severe malocclusion that may have caused your child functional problems in his daily life, including issues with chewing food properly and speech. With severe jaw problems, he may also experience gum discomfort, joint pain, or headaches.

Orthognathic Surgery Cost and Insurance

When determining the cost of your procedure, hospital, surgeon, and anesthesia fees will all need to be taken into account. For this reason, total costs can vary dramatically, ranging from $20,000 to over $40,000. Your child may also need orthodontic work before the surgery, which can impact the cost of the price.

For the most part, corrective jaw surgery will be considered a medical procedure rather than a cosmetic procedure, as it is needed to prevent more expensive dental or medical problems later in life.

This means that many health insurance companies will help to cover at least part of the procedure. However, each medical insurance company will have different requirements, so you should be sure to contact your child's insurance carrier in order to find out exactly what will - and what won't - be covered.

Remember that many insurance companies also require pre-approval before you can have one of these procedures and get it covered, so contact your health insurance provider today to find out what you need to do to ensure you get the most out of your benefits.

Please contact us if you have any questions about the cost of orthognathic surgery.


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