Corrective Jaw Surgery
There is a special kind of surgery used to repair issues with your mouth, even issues that you possibly may have lived with your entire life. Some symptoms can be available at birth or can even come about after facial trauma. If you have ever experienced pain while eating, any problems speaking, struggled with an open bite, or especially had issues when it comes to breathing comfortably; there may be an underlying issue with your mouth causing you this unnecessary discomfort.
The fancy word for this particular type of surgery is orthognathic, which refers to anyone with jaws that do not quite line up and may need to be repositioned. At Honest Oral Surgeon, it is our pleasure to help you better understand how corrective jaw surgery may help improve your overall health.
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Is This Procedure Right For Me?
Before we consider jaw surgery, we first want to make sure the surgery is necessary. We will offer the use of orthodontics, such as temporary braces, to help with this. If braces are not enough, then we offer other options to guide your care to the next level. Individual needs are very important to us, and discussing your care will help us determine the best course of action to help you to the best of our ability.
We pride ourselves in the use of revolutionary x-ray and advanced computer imaging techniques. We can enhance pictures to show you how your bite can be repaired and how your appearance may be altered after you have had corrective surgery. Your expectations, duration of treatment, and possible results will be discussed at length until you feel comfortable to continue. Once all of your questions have been adequately answered, then we will begin you on the path towards your restoration.
What I Should Expect
After it is decided that jaw surgery is the best course of action, then we can start with the initial adjustments. These may take several months, but it is recognized as a long-term commitment which yields phenomenal results regarding your dental health. We will begin by aligning your top and bottom teeth in your jaw. It may be beneficial to remove one or more of your permanent teeth to help reduce how much your jaw has to be moved.
Braces may be applied to help push them where they need to go before the surgery and may need frequent readjustments to keep up with the timeline of your treatment plan. During the surgical process, we will make all incisions in your mouth so there will be no visible scars on your skin. After your surgery, you should be able to move your jaw into a brand-new position that makes it easier to perform daily oral functions such as swallowing, biting, or chewing. The final result is a beautiful smile that you look like you were born with!
Recovery is often the most difficult phase, as you will not regain normal chewing patterns for at least two months, and often it takes a full year to return to complete function. Many patients may be required to stay in the hospital for up to three days during their initial recovery. Dental braces are applied to the jaw and will likely need removal six months after application. We want to know you are well taken care of during the entire procedure, including aftercare, and so we will require a weekly checkup for at least two months following your surgery. Afterward, you should be able to move your jaw into a brand-new position that makes it easier to perform daily oral functions such as swallowing, biting, chewing, or even just talking with a friend.
What to Expect
- Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
- The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
- Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
- Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
- The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
- Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
- Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
function may take one year.
- Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
- Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.
Many people go their whole lives, not understanding that the discomfort they feel in their mouths daily may be easily treated and give back years of health to their teeth and jaw. If you feel like you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery, do not delay. Call us here at Honest Oral Surgeon at (949) 298-4078 to schedule an appointment today!