Bone graft surgery becomes necessary when a person lacks enough bone mass to hold a dental implant in place. So, why do some patients have insufficient bone tissue? The jawbone regenerates when stimulated by a natural tooth, which happens whenever a person bites down. When the person loses the tooth, there is nothing left to…
A Jaw Surgeon in Lee’s Summit Can Work With Your Orthodontist
You may need to visit a jaw surgeon in Lee's Summit when braces alone won't do the trick. When you need jaw surgery, it can be an unnerving process, but when our jaw surgeon works with your orthodontist, the results will be unbelievable. To improve your looks as well as your dental health, jaw surgery may be necessary. Continue reading to learn more about how a jaw surgeon in Lee's Summit can work with your orthodontist to come up with the best results for your needs.
Our corrective jaw surgery is performed to correct bone and teeth problems that exist when braces alone don't work. Sometimes our jaw surgery will be used in conjunction with braces treatment for the best results. Aesthetic value is not the only reason you may need jaw surgery, an incorrectly aligned jaw may cause extensive dental problems that will require even more surgery in the future if not treated now.
Before corrective jaw surgery, you will most likely already have braces placed by an orthodontist. These braces might come off or stay in place during surgery, and we will need to examine you to know for sure. We will also discuss a treatment plan with your orthodontist to determine what adjustments will need to be made to your braces following your corrective jaw surgery.
Before your corrective jaw surgery, we will provide general anesthesia. This will help you to fall asleep and limit you from feeling any discomfort during surgery.
During your surgery, your jaw will be surgically separated. This will either be done in segments or through a single piece. We will move the pieces into a better location that will be decided upon by us, as your jaw surgeon in Lee's Summit, and your orthodontist. Since most of the incisions will be made inside of your mouth, you will not have any visible scarring following the corrective jaw surgery.
Once your corrective jaw surgery is completed, and your jaw has been moved into the correct alignment and location, you will be woken up. Recovery times vary based on patient and the situation. At first, you will need to follow a liquid diet as any chewing will be uncomfortable and dangerous while the jaw is healing. You will have sutures in your mouth to keep incisions closed as they fully heal. These will disintegrate or be removed within two or three weeks. After six weeks or more, your jaw will have healed almost completely, and you will be able to use it normally. This is when you will return to your orthodontist for any adjustments that need to be made to your braces. In three months, your bone healing will be fully completed, in most circumstances.
You will visit our office to speak with a jaw surgeon in Lee's Summit, and your orthodontist, during the healing process. We will help to ensure that you are healing correctly and are not experiencing any negative side effects. After your corrective jaw surgery, you will look better, feel better, and be healthier. Your braces treatment will then be completed in a few months following your surgery. You will have a perfect smile once you have received our treatment combined with your orthodontic plan.