Corrective Jaw Surgery

What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, helps to re-position the jaw. Malocclusion problems, like underbites and overbites, can create problems with dentition and can even affect overall oral health. Surgery of the jaw is meant to correct these problems, bringing both the jaw and teeth into a more natural position. The procedure is less invasive than you might think and can be beneficial for multiple reasons.

Why is Corrective Jaw Surgery needed?

Corrective jaw surgery is recommended to patients who have malocclusion problems. If you have an underbite or over bite, this is a sign that the jaw is out of its correct alignment. The surgery helps to bring the jaw back into its correct position so that your teeth sit properly on top of each other. Jaw surgery can help in preventing problems like grinding, clenching and orthodontic complications.

What makes you a good candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery can be performed on either pediatric as well as adult patients. The benefits of the procedure far outweigh any risks that might be involved. You will come in for a consultation to help in determining if jaw surgery is right for you. With the help of corrective jaw surgery, your dental health won’t just benefit, but you may find that your face looks more streamlined and even than ever before.

What happens during Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery begins with a consultation in our office. We will examine your jaw and mouth to check for signs of malocclusion as well as a receding lower jaw. From there, we will schedule you to have the procedure done in our office. Under general anesthetic, we will correct the alignment of the jaw by either re-positioning the jaw or removing small amounts of bone. This allows the jaw to be in a more aligned position and for the teeth to come down fully on top of one another. The surgery is relatively noninvasive and recovery time is short.

If you think you may need corrective jaw surgery or want to learn more about treatment options, call us today and we will work to get you scheduled for an appointment.