corrective Jaw Surgery, or orthognathic Surgery, is performed by Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons to rectify an wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental abnormalities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth, which, in turn, can improve chewing, talking and breathing. While the patient’s appearance might be drastically improved because of their jaw surgery.
Jaw Surgery / Orthognathic Surgery
Following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
- having difficulty in chewing
- having difficulty in swallowing food
- chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- unreasonable wear of the teeth
- open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is shut
- unequal facial appearance from the front, or side
- facial damage or birth deserts
- receding chin
- protruding jaw
- inability to make the lips meet without straining
- chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- sleep apnea (breathing issues when sleeping, including snoring)
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Individuals who may benefit by Corrective Jaw Surgery are those with improper bit resulting from misaligned teeth and or jaws. In a few cases, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. Injuries and birth deformities may affect jaw alignment. While orthodontics can generally rectify bite or occlusions problems when only the teeth are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws.
Evaluating Your Need for Corrective Jaw Surgery
Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will decide if you are a possible candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery.
Corrective Jaw Surgery repositions all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin. When you are completely educated about your case and your treatment alternatives, you and your dental group will decide the course of treatment that is best for you.
Correcting an Open Bite:
A portion of the bone in the upper tooth-bearing segment of the jaw is removed. The upper jaw is then anchored in position with plates and screws.
Correcting a Protruding Lower Jaw:
The bone in the rear portion of the jaw is isolated from the front part and altered with the goal that the tooth-bearing portion of the lower jaw can be moved back for appropriate alignment.
Correcting a Receding Lower Jaw or “Weak Chin”: The bone in the lower part of the jaw is isolated from its base and adjusted. The tooth-bearing part of the lower jaw and a portion of the chin are repositioned forward.
What is involved in Corrective Jaw Surgery Procedure
Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will reposition the jawbones as per your particular needs. In a few cases, the bone might be included, taken away or reshaped. Surgical plates, screws, wires, and elastic groups might be utilized to hold your jaws in their new positions. Cuts are normally made inside the mouth to diminish obvious scarring, however, some cases do require small incisions outside of the mouth. When this is necessary, care is taken to minimize their appearance.
Pain after the Corrective Jaw Surgery is effectively controlled with medication. Patients can go back to work or school from one to three weeks after surgery. An initial phase of healing is about six weeks and complete healing would take around nine to twelve months.
Enjoy the Benefits
Corrective Jaw Surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional and healthy. Despite the fact that the objective of this surgery is to enhance your bite and function, a few patients also experience enhancements to their appearance and speech. The results of corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of their life. So benefit as much as possible from the new and improved version of yourself!