Orthognathic jaw surgery is used to correct a wide array of jaw alignment and function issues. While it can improve the look of your facial structure, it’s not a cosmetic procedure.
Corrective jaw surgery, as it’s sometimes called, is necessary when your jaws and teeth don’t alignment properly. This helps with everything from your oral health to your speech.
The first thing you need to about orthognathic surgery is the most common issues it’s used to correct. The following are symptoms and conditions that indicate you may need surgery:
- Problems swallowing and/or eating
- Can’t make the lips meet easily
- Jaw protruding
- Receding lower jaw
- Sleep apnea
- Pain in the jaw
- Headaches that stem from your jaw
- Too much wear on your teeth
- Breathing through your mouth
Birth defects and facial injuries are also common reasons to have orthognathic jaw surgery.
How Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Works
This type of surgery is performed on the lower, upper or both jaws. It all depends on your specific condition. You’ll meet with a team of specialists that review your condition and create a detailed surgical plan. Multiple specialists consult on this type of complex surgery. This can include your oral surgeon, orthodontist, regular dentist and more.
The surgery involves moving the bones in your jaw. The bones are shortened or lengthened and moved around to create a more natural alignment for your jaws and teeth. The positioning will depend completely upon your unique facial structure and jaw condition.
Know What To Expect
The good news is today’s digital imaging technology allows you to see what the final results will be. Your surgeon will consult with you to help determine if you’re a good candidate and tell you exactly what needs to be done. You’ll also know in advance how long you’ll need to recover after the surgery. You will need to take time off from work or school to let your jaw recover. You’ll also be on a special diet until you’re able to chew normally again.
Enjoying Better Jaws
After you’ve healed, enjoy the new you. Whether it’s an open bite or joint pain, you’ll get to experience the joy and comfort of a more perfect jaw alignment and structure. Your facial structure may change as well, correcting issues such as a protruding or receding chin or jaw.
Want to find out if orthognathic jaw surgery is right for you? Contact Evolution Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation.