Sometimes, a patient’s teeth do not meet correctly, creating what is commonly known as an underbite or an overbite. When an orthodontist cannot correct this problem with braces, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to realign teeth and jaws and restore the patient’s bite. Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, provides patients with a variety of benefits, from increased function to improved facial aesthetics, and is a highly desirable treatment option.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
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 function
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.
What are the benefits of orthognathic surgery?
The overall goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the functional problem with the jaw. But patients also experience an improved facial aesthetic and balance. Patients who opt to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to see benefits including
- Minimal treatment time
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
After an initial consultation at our office in either Franklin, TN, or Thompson’s Station, TN, Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, or Dr. Lewallen will perform a thorough workup using X-ray films and study models to offer the most accurate diagnosis.
The surgical team at Southern Oral & Facial Surgery use detailed diagnostic techniques and three-dimensional models to plan out how your specific surgery will be performed. We will show how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how facial contours 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 of treatment. If you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, Dr. Clark, Dr. Young, and Dr. Lewallen will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment to restore your facial appearance and oral function.