Corrective Jaw Surgery
Patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery often feel nervous about the process especially the thought of having their jaw wired shut. We understand that making the decision to undergo is not an easy one to make, and our office wants to make sure you are 100% positive about your decision. Please read below for a brief overview of what is involved with corrective jaw surgery.
Orthognathic surgery, aka jaw surgery, is utilized to reposition your jaw to improve the alignment of your teeth. Repositioning the jaw and allowing your teeth can properly meet helps improve breathing, chewing ability, facial aesthetics, jaw joint function, periodontal health, speech, and sleep apnea.
Our office uses a team approach when dealing with our orthognathic surgery cases. We will work closely your dentist and orthodontist to create an individualized treatment plan based on your desired outcome. Before surgery takes place, braces will need to be worn for approximately a year to help align your teeth. On the day of your surgery once you arrive to the hospital we will answer any final questions and then place you under general anesthesia. During surgery, incisions will be made in your jaw bone and then it would be moved into the correct position. Due to most incisions being made inside the mouth scarring should be minimal. Your jaw will then be secured into its new position using tiny plates, screws and wires; allowing our patients to still move their mouth like normal during the healing process.
We will go over your after-surgery care and schedule your follow-up appointments to check on the progress of your healing. After 10 days, and depending on how your feeling, you should be able to return to work/school. It will take about 12 weeks for your jaw to heal completely. Our patients who have undergone surgery are able to enjoy easier time swallowing and chewing, improved function of their teeth, improvement to speech, and improved self-esteem and appearance.