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Corrective Jaw Surgery for the Betterment of Your Health
Corrective jaw surgery, performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, can correct a wide range of problems associated with dental irregularities. The misalignment of the jaws and teeth can have many side effects, including problems chewing, speaking, breathing at night, and even sleeping. Some patients opt for corrective jaw surgery solely to improve their appearance, and many people enjoy an improved appearance in addition to better teeth and jaw functioning.
How do I know if I need corrective jaw surgery?
To receive corrective jaw surgery, your dentist or orthodontist will most likely suggest you visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon due to their concerns. You could be a candidate for this surgery if you are experiencing any of the following issues:
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which patients may have breathing problems while they sleep, including snoring and the occasional complete halt in breathing without even realizing it. Some patients with sleep apnea may wake themselves up due to trouble breathing and could also have problems with teeth grinding or chomping while sleeping. Patients with untreated sleep apnea have a higher risk of stroke, high blood pressure, depression, headaches, diabetes, and heart disease.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders are a form of chronic joint discomfort and limited range of motion. TMJ disorders may cause daily headaches, jaw discomfort, and stiffness, popping or grinding when opening and closing your mouth, and may be related to sleep apnea. Many people with TMJ disorders even experience discomfort and stiffness in their neck and shoulders.
Difficulty Chewing, Biting, and Swallowing
If you have trouble eating certain types of food or you find it challenging to swallow, you may be in need of corrective jaw surgery. Some people have so much trouble eating that they end up being underweight. To improve your ability to eat and enjoy all types of food, visit our office.
Excessive Teeth Wear
If you find yourself experiencing teeth sensitivities, needing several fillings and teeth repairs, or you notice that your teeth are wearing down quickly, it could be a result of how your teeth grind together due to a misalignment in your jaw.
No person's face is perfectly symmetrical, but if you feel that your face is obviously unbalanced, it could be related to the position of your jaw due to a facial injury or birth defect. You are most likely experiencing other negative effects related to the same jaw misalignment. In this case, a corrective jaw surgery would drastically improve your appearance and also benefit the function of your teeth and jaws.
An open bite, receding lower jaw, protruding jaw, and the inability to make your teeth or lips meet are also signs you could need corrective jaw surgery. If you can relate to any of the listed side effects of a jaw or teeth misalignment, you should visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to learn more about your surgical options for immediate improvement that could benefit your overall health and enjoyment of life.