What is Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery is performed when your bite is uneven due to the positioning of your jaw bone. Jaw bone surgery can involve pushing back or pulling forward the bone, allowing the teeth to come down into a more harmonious bite. This not only makes it more comfortable to eat, chew, talk and smile, but it can completely transform the way that your face looks.
Why would you need Jaw Surgery?
You may need jaw surgery if you have issues with occlusion or if you have a chin that sinks back or protrudes forward. Over time, malocclusion due to a misaligned jaw can create issues with the temporomandibular joint. This can be avoided with extensive corrective jaw surgery right in our office. The procedure is a lot less invasive than you might think and can deliver drastic results.
What makes you a good candidate for Jaw Surgery?
You should be a healthy adult who would benefit from corrective jaw surgery. Prior to the procedure, we advise our patients to come in for a consultation where we will determine if the surgery is suited to your needs. In some cases, simple orthodontic work can remedy an overbite or under bite. However, if the positioning of the jaw is slightly off, it can be corrected through jaw surgery.
What happens during the procedure for Jaw Surgery?
After having a consultation with one of our doctors, we will schedule you to come in for surgery. Most often, we recommend general sedation to make the procedure comfortable. Tissue within the mouth is pulled away to expose the bone. The bone is then either pulled forward or pushed back to where it has a completely even and symmetrical occlusion. Screws and plates will then be used to secure the bone in place. The procedure takes about an hour in the office and you can be fully healed in a matter of a week.
If you are in need of jaw surgery or just want to know more about this procedure, we are here to help answer your questions and get you in for an appointment.