Honest Oral Surgeon- Irvine, CA
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Do your top and bottom jaws line up correctly? Do your teeth fit comfortably within your jaw? Has anybody told you that your jaws were too square? Similar to the way in which braces straighten teeth, corrective jaw surgery and facial recontouring repositions a misaligned jaw and improves your facial appearance while making sure your teeth line up and function properly.
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.
WHO NEEDS ORTHOGNATHIC SURGERY/ Facial Recontouring?
The best candidates for jaw (orthognathic) surgery are those with an improper bite or jaws that aren’t positioned correctly. Additionally, if you felt your cheeks or jaws are disproportionate to other parts of your face, facial contouring can also be addressed at the time of surgery, or separately. If you’ve found that your upper and lower jaws are growing at different rates, you may be experiencing problems with chewing, speech, oral health, and appearance. Injury and birth defects also affect jaw alignment—an issue that can be corrected with jaw surgery.
Repositioning of the jaw may be required if you have difficulty in one of the following areas:
- Chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding Jaw
- Breathing problems
- Facial growth imbalances
CONSULTATION AND EVALUATION
Dr. Kim and Dr. Ota begin the process of evaluating your face, airway and bite by performing a complete examination with X-rays and by collecting your medical history, including when your symptoms began—at birth, after birth as a result of hereditary factors, environmental influences, or trauma. We answer all your questions and work with you to create a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
TECHNOLOGY & TECHNIQUE
Before surgery, Drs. Kim and Ota utilize advanced imaging to plan your surgery. Then, custom plates are pre-fabricated prior to surgery to ensure optimal fit and precise execution while significantly decreasing the patient’s time spent under general anesthesia. Drs. Kim and Ota have performed thousands of surgeries which is important for optimal outcome and minimizing risks like nerve damage and lip numbness. Drs. Kim and Ota work closely with referring dentists and orthodontists to ensure optimal comprehensive care. We look forward to facilitating movement of your teeth and jaws that will enable a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Surgery—Corrective jaw surgery is a one-to-four-hour procedure that is performed in the hospital. Our patients typically stay in the hospital for less than 24 hours.
Recovery—The recovery phase is quite tolerable if the surgery is done by an accomplished surgeon. Facial swelling can last 1-2 weeks and the teeth are not wired closed after this surgery. You may begin a soft diet within a week and we will guide you throughout the recovery process with weekly appointments. Although we’ve had patients go back to work after 3 days, you will want to plan 2 weeks to 3 weeks off from work or school depending on the complexity of your case.
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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 Canyon Medical Plaza Phone Number 949-453-9797 to schedule an appointment today!