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Common Reasons for Corrective Jaw Surgery
We perform corrective jaw surgery in our clinic and do so with great success. Patients are often referred to us by their general dentist to receive this procedure since it is something that most clinics do not offer. Any type of oral surgery is highly specialized and therefore, it is important to visit a dentist who can provide a positive experience.
We have that experience and put it to work ensuring that our patients receive the best possible outcomes. To find out if this procedure could be helpful for you, read below to see some of the common reasons that people visit for surgery.
Reasons for corrective jaw surgery
Here are just a few of the problems that we can often address using surgical measures:
- Jaw or joint pain resulting from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ
- Having an open bite where there is a space between the upper and lower teeth when the teeth come together
- Birth defects
- Facial injury following an accident
- Jaw that protrudes forward
- Sleep apnea
- Discomfort when chewing, biting food or difficulty swallowing
- Wear on the teeth caused by a misaligned jaw
- Overbite or underbite that is causing an unbalanced appearance
- Jaw or chin that is receding
We work with an orthodontist
Many patients come to us for corrective jaw surgery after beginning treatment with an orthodontist. An orthodontist can move teeth gradually and efficiently. Very often, they can address minor jaw issues at the same time. However, if necessary, an orthodontist will work with an oral surgeon to incorporate jaw surgery as part of an orthodontic treatment.
Incorporating jaw surgery can be useful for adults especially since the jaw hardens with age and becomes more difficult to realign without surgical measures. In this scenario, it may be impossible to address bite issues without the use of surgery. Even if it was, it may take years and many adults do not wish to wait that long. Surgery is a faster solution that is often more effective and highly beneficial.
Jaw surgery can help to reduce discomfort
Anyone who is suffering from jaw or face pain due to a misaligned or inappropriately aligned jaw can benefit from this surgery. It is beneficial to visit our clinic to find out how so that we can determine if a surgical solution is going to be the best way to prevent discomfort. We work hand-in-hand with the general dentist to ensure the best results for our patients.
We make the process as comfortable as possible
Before completing the surgery, we meet with the patient to conduct an examination and discuss the treatment process at length. This ensures that our patients know what to expect and are as comfortable as possible when receiving care. Additionally, patients are put sleep before we perform the surgery to ensure comfort and relaxation during the surgery.
We will prescribe pain medication to take afterward and provide patients with detailed care instructions to ensure that the recovery goes as smoothly as possible.
To learn more about the process of corrective jaw surgery and find out if it will be useful in your situation, call today.
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