Jaw surgery is an intricate procedure that requires an oral surgeon to develop an accurate treatment plan based on the patient’s individual condition and needs. Our doctors are highly skilled in orthognathic surgery procedures and can safely perform this treatment in one of our pristine and welcoming office locations. We have offices in Ashland, KY, and Beckley, Charleston, Huntington, Hurricane, Kanawha City, and Parkersburg, WV
Hear from our jaw surgery patients about why they came to Mountain State Oral & Facial Story and about their positive experiences with our team.
Jaw problems, including overbites, underbites, and other forms of jaw misalignment, can cause a variety of issues with your oral health. Jaw dysfunction tends to result in trouble eating, speaking, and breathing. Depending on the severity of your condition, you may also notice that you suffer from a lack of self-confidence.
Orthognathic surgery, also referred to as corrective jaw surgery, can dramatically improve your life by repositioning your jaws into proper alignment. Many patients report that once their jaws are properly aligned, they experience improved oral function and facial aesthetics. TMJ disorders and mild jaw problems can sometimes be treated with nonsurgical intervention, but severe cases will likely require jaw surgery.
Underbites and overbites, which occur because of uneven development in the upper and lower jaws, are the most common types of jaw dysfunction. In minor cases, orthodontics can correct your bite and get rid of your problems. The following symptoms may be indicators that you need jaw surgery:
Corrective jaw surgery is designed to improve a patient’s quality of life dramatically. In many instances, patients struggle for years before addressing their symptoms. The benefits of jaw surgery include
Patients who undergo jaw surgery also report improved facial aesthetics once the swelling decreases and their features are brought into balance. Our office loves seeing the life-changing results that our doctors can provide through jaw surgery.
Our oral surgeons can perform jaw surgery to improve the function of your jaws by moving them into the proper position. Getting your jaws to align correctly is typically a team effort between your oral surgeon and your orthodontist.
Treatment begins when your orthodontist puts on your braces. Braces are often necessary to shift your teeth into proper position and prepare both your teeth and jaws for surgery. You will need to wear your braces for 18–24 months, but your surgery will happen somewhere in the middle of treatment. During surgery, your oral surgeon will carefully separate your jaws and reposition them to align properly, keeping them in place using small plates and screws.
You will spend the next few months healing, and you will gradually notice improved eating, speaking, and breathing abilities. We will provide you with post-operative instructions before recovery — these will ensure your recovery is quick and comfortable.
Please call one of our offices to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. We can examine your condition and determine whether jaw surgery is the best treatment for your needs.