Questions Answered About Corrective Jaw Surgery

Have you considered having corrective jaw surgery? If so, it is likely that you have a lot of questions. The best way to have them answered is to schedule an appointment with our office. In the meantime, here are some answers to questions we are frequently asked.

Is jaw surgery required when straightening teeth with braces?

That really depends. Some patients wear braces and never need to take steps to improve their bite. However, patients that suffer from a severe over or underbite may find the jaw surgery is necessary as part of their overall orthodontic treatment.

Can jaw surgery help with facial pain?

People who suffer from TMJ or pain in the face and jaw can often experience relief through corrective jaw surgery.

What are the health benefits of scheduling surgery?

When the jaw is out of alignment, it can cause unnecessary pain. Additionally, it can lead to excessive wear on certain teeth. This can result in dental damage or even tooth loss. In some cases, surgery can even improve a patient’s breathing. This is particularly true of people who suffer from sleep apnea or chronic mouth breathing.

What are some of the aesthetic reasons for getting the surgery?

Improving the shape or position of the jaw can help to improve a person’s appearance. The surgery can also rectify abnormalities caused by a birth defect or facial injury. Some people may schedule the surgery to restore their appearance as well if the jaw or face was damaged in an accident.

Can corrective jaw surgery stop my lower jaw from sticking out too far?

Yes, this surgery can treat a protruding lower jaw. This is one of the most obvious jaw problems that can cause a great deal of angst for patients. In the procedure, we can move the lower jaw into a proper alignment so that it no longer protrudes.

Can this procedure fix an open bite?

Yes, patients with an open bite can schedule surgery to have some of the bone removed. This will allow the bite to close properly.

I have a weak chin. Can the surgery help?

Yes, it is possible to correct a weak chin or receding lower jaw through surgery. It is possible to reposition the lower jaw and move the chin into a forward position, significantly improving a person’s appearance.

Who normally performs jaw surgery?

The surgery is typically completed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This is someone who has received extensive classroom training and clinic experience.

Can jaw surgery make it easier to chew?

Yes, if you find it difficult to chew, the procedure can help by changing how the bite comes together when chewing and even when resting.

Schedule a consultation

Learning more about jaw surgery is as easy as calling our office and scheduling a consultation. This is the best way to determine if this procedure is right for you and to discuss how the procedure works in greater detail. We invite you to call and schedule an appointment right away.

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