What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Also known as orthognathic surgery, corrective jaw surgery is conducted in some of the most severe malocclusions. At Austin Oral Surgery, we tailor and adapt our surgical procedures to each patients’ needs, as each jaw correction surgery is unique.
Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. Sometimes, multiple surgeries are required to achieve the desired result both in terms of oral health and aesthetics. We will be able to create a personalized plan for you after an in-depth analysis and X-rays are taken in our office. From there, we’ll discuss our options and how we can best treat you. Contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.
Who Qualifies for Surgery?
Determining whether or not corrective jaw surgery is necessary is usually done through a consultation with a surgical specialist and/or your orthodontist. This decision is often based on a thorough clinical and radiographic examination to determine if a discrepancy exists between the upper and lower jawbones.
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
The best way to determine is to schedule a visit with our team. If you have difficulties in the following areas, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing, and biting
- Difficulty speaking
- TMJ pain or chronic jaw pain
- Open bite where your teeth do not touch
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
- Recessed jaw or small chin
- Sleep apnea
- Severe snoring
- Misaligned jaw, chin, and nose
Orthognathic surgery is a complicated procedure with many steps. The intricacies of the way the teeth bite, facial appearance, moving jaws, and more combine to make for a team effort when it comes to your surgery. We combine orthodontists, oral surgeons and dental specialists to achieve the correct result. If we determine you are a good candidate for orthognathic surgery, we’ll adapt our procedures to provide you with an accurate and efficient method of restoring your jaw. Every patient is different and requires a unique, precise approach to fixing their health and looks.
Your surgeons will discuss what they believe your particular recovery will be like, which is dependent on whether not both jawbones need to be corrected, the amount of surgical correction needed, and the age and needs of the patient.
Insurance preauthorization is performed through your oral surgeon’s office prior to performing the procedure. Austin Oral Surgery has a team of experts in the field of insurance coverage, and they will assist you in maximizing your insurance benefits.
At Austin Oral Surgery, we provide a long list of corrective surgeries and procedures to ensure your well-being and happiness. Our other services include:
- Wisdom Teeth Removal
- Corrective Jaw Surgery
- Dental Implants
- Sleep Apnea
- TMJ Treatment
- Tooth Extraction
Why Choose Us?
Austin Oral Surgery is comprised of a surgical team that is well-trained in every aspect of corrective jaw surgery. You or your child can be assured that you are receiving the highest quality care when Austin Oral Surgery is chosen to be your surgical experts. All corrective jaw surgery procedures are performed by two qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to each and every patient.