Common concerns about jaw 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
What are the benefits?
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.
How does the procedure work?
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.
Now that you’ve listened to stories from our patients, we encourage you to learn more about our doctors, team, and practice so you can see how we dedicate our time to provide the highest quality treatments with the most up-to-date technology.