Jaw surgery (also known as Orthognathic surgery) becomes necessary when one’s jaws don’t rest correctly, or the teeth don’t fit with the jaws. Orthodontics are used to straighten teeth while jaw surgery is used to reposition a misaligned jaw. Aligning the teeth and jaw not only improves facial appearance, but also helps the teeth bite correctly and properly function. Problems in the jaw may occur from injury, but often are a result of birth defects or differences in the growth rate of the upper and lower jaw.
Who should have jaw surgery?
Those with difficulty in the following areas may require Orthognathic surgery:
Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
Our surgeons first gather information using CT scans and take photographs and impressions of your teeth to create three-dimensional digital models that will be used to aid the surgery.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our doctors will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment.
On the day of the surgery you will be put completely to sleep through general anesthesia.
Usually incisions will only be made in the mouth, but in some cases small incisions are required to be made in the cheeks. The bones will be adjusted into position and held by plates and screws. Our doctor may also prescribe a splint (mouth guard) for you to use after surgery.
The results of this surgery can be seen immediately but will be fully apparent as swelling and bruising subside over the next month.
You can expect your teeth and jaws to be moved into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
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