What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
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.
Am I a candidate for corrective jaw surgery?
Determining whether or not corrective jaw surgery is necessary is usually done through a consultation with a surgical specialist 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.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or be the result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays.
What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?
There are many reasons why corrective jaw surgery is recommended in particular cases. Corrective jaw surgery can not only improve facial appearance, but it can also correct mastication (chewing) problems, speech deficits, sleep related disorders and jaw pain in some instances.
How long will I need to be in braces?
The time necessary for pre-surgical braces varies from case to case. Your orthodontic expert will inform you as to the expected time period needed to align your teeth in their respective jawbone prior to undergoing corrective jaw surgery.
How long does the healing process take?
The recovery from corrective jaw surgery typically takes 1-2 weeks to begin to feel more “normal.” 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.
How much will it cost? Will my insurance cover this?
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.
Am I choosing the best surgeon for my surgical needs?
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 2 qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeons to ensure that the highest quality of care is delivered to each and every patient.
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