About jaw surgery
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 they experience improved oral function and facial aesthetics once their jaws are aligned. Nonsurgical intervention can sometimes treat TMJ disorders and mild jaw problems, but severe cases will likely require surgery.
How do I know if I need jaw surgery?
The most common types of jaw dysfunction are underbites and overbites, which occur because of uneven development in the upper and lower jaws. In minor cases, orthodontics can correct your bite and get rid of your problems. The following symptoms may indicate that you need jaw surgery:
- Chronic jaw pain
- Breathing problems, such as sleep apnea
- Trouble opening or closing the mouth completely
- Difficulty chewing and swallowing food
- Recurring problems with your bite
Corrective jaw surgery can dramatically improve a patient’s quality of life. In many instances, patients struggle for years before addressing their symptoms. The benefits of the procedure include:
- Improved chewing
- Decreased pain and discomfort
- Improved breathing
- Improved tooth alignment (which also results in less wear on the teeth)
Patients 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.
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.
Jaw surgery at Mountain State Oral & Facial Surgery
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.
We work closely with The Facial Center to provide a range of cosmetic services, including HydraFacial MD®, JUVÉDERM®, facelifts, and so much more! Call us or visit The Facial Center’s website to learn more.