Corrective Jaw Surgery
Correct Misalignment and Create Facial Harmony
When a patient’s teeth do not meet correctly, it creates bite problems that are sometimes too severe to be treated with orthodontics. When an orthodontist cannot correct this problem with braces, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary. Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, provides patients with a variety of benefits, from increased function to improved facial aesthetics.
Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, and Dr. Lewallen are specially trained to assess and treat issues pertaining to the jaw. At Southern Oral & Facial Surgery, we inform you of all treatment options and let you know what to expect along every step of the way.
When Is Jaw Surgery Necessary?
Misaligned jaws lead to problems inside the mouth and to the facial structure, including:
- Poor facial aesthetics
- Dental crowding
- Increased risk of periodontal disease
- Shorter tooth lifespan
- The inability to properly chew and grind food
- Digestive problems
- Poor oral hygiene
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- The inability to fully close the lips
- Heavy breathing
- Impaired speech
Many of these problems can have serious consequences to both the patient’s overall health and to the health of their mouth and face, which is why it is very important to get the condition diagnosed and treated as early as possible.
Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
The overall goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the functional problem with the jaw. An added benefit is an improved facial aesthetic and balance. Patients who opt to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to experience many benefits:
- Minimal treatment time
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
The Orthognathic Surgery Procedure
The surgical team at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery uses 3D scanning to assess and plan out how your specific surgery will be performed. We will show you how your bite will be improved and will even give you an idea of how your facial structure may change after surgery. Our efforts are focused on helping you understand the surgical process and the extent of the necessary treatment so that you experience all of the benefits. If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, your oral surgeon will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist to restore your facial appearance and oral function.
This procedure is performed in a hospital or surgical suite using general anesthesia. The patient will be unconscious during surgery and not experience any discomfort. The total treatment time varies, but can take a year to allow the face to fully heal and orthodontia to align the teeth. As a result, patients have a more balanced facial appearance, improved breathing and speaking, and feel more confident about their smile.
Types of Anesthesia
There are several anesthesia options available so patients can feel comfortable and at ease during treatment.
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