For our patients who have jaw misalignment, we, at Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, provide orthognathic surgery. This complex procedure must be customized to the patient’s individual needs. Therefore, anyone who has a misalignment issue needs to see us for treatment details. The following information can also give you a better insight into this specialty surgery.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is another name for corrective jaw surgery. This surgery is often recommended when a patient’s teeth and jaws do not occlude or meet properly. By the correct repositioning of the jaw, we can improve jaw joint functioning, chewing ability (or mastication), and speech. Correcting the alignment of the teeth and jaw also supports better breathing, enhances periodontal health, and improves a person’s facial profile.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Orthognathic Surgery?
You may benefit from orthognathic surgery if the positioning of your jaw makes it hard for you to bite down or for your teeth to meet. In some instances, an injury to the jaw, during development, may cause the jaws to grow incongruently. If you feel self-conscious about your speech or appearance due to your jaw alignment, you need to consult with our office. You may also need orthognathic surgery if you often experience headaches, or if the misalignment of your upper and lower jaw has led to a health problem, such as sleep apnea.
If you have a bite problem, where only the teeth are involved, orthodontics can usually correct the issue. However, if the maxilla and mandible (upper and lower jaws) are not aligned so your teeth meet as they should, you may need to consider corrective jaw surgery. Children can usually benefit from this procedure because their jaws are not fully aligned. In these instances, we may also recommend orthodontic treatment and the wearing of headgear for severe misalignments.
What Types of Bite Problems Does Orthognathic Surgery Correct?
We can correct overbites, underbites, and open bites by employing orthognathic surgery. An overbite describes a bite where a jaw severely protrudes over the mandible or lower jaw. On the other hand, an underbite describes a protrusion of the lower jaw where the mandible protrudes too far forward. An open bite describes a bite where the upper and lower teeth do not meet whenever the patient’s mouth is closed.
Orthognathic surgery can also correct jaw joint pain connected to TMJ, or recurring headaches that are related to the jaw’s alignment. In addition, we may recommend the surgery for patients who suffer from chronic breathing problems or dry mouth. An irregular facial appearance may be corrected by orthognathic surgery as well. Do you have difficulty, chewing, swallowing, or biting food? If so, orthognathic surgery may help. We can also take care of lower jaw or chin recessions by recommending orthognathic surgery.
Do you believe you have a jaw misalignment? If so, we may be able to help. Why not give Widner Elite Oral Surgery and Dental Implants a call at (737) 309-4351 to learn more about orthognathic surgery and its benefits? If the position of your upper and lower jaw is giving you health or aesthetic concerns, you should see us about how jaw surgery can alleviate your worries. Call us today to schedule a consultation.