Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery, which is otherwise known as orthognathic surgery, is one resorted to by many to improve the appearance of one’s jaws, whether for aesthetic purposes or remedial purposes.

This surgery constitutes the adjusting of the position of one’s jaws or realigning them to enable both the upper teeth and lower teeth to be properly in contact with each other and in effect, improve how they function as well as the form or the overall appearance of one’s facial structure.

Who Can Benefit from Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is primarily beneficial to those who have issues with the alignment or position of their jaws, but this type of surgery is highly beneficial to those who have issues relating to the following:

  • Speaking – by adjusting the upper and lower teeth to meet, this allows one to not only address biting issues but this also allows one to pronounce words properly.
  • Breathing – moving the jaws forward allows the person to breathe better as it allows one to have a larger airway. This in effect also helps people with sleep apnea.
  • Visual – protruding jaws or misalignment of the jaws with the rest of the face can be corrected.

How Can You Evaluate the Need for Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery is advised when one or more of the following conditions are present:

  • Chewing or swallowing food is more challenging than usual.
  • Prolonged jaw or jaw joint pains with headaches.
  • “Bad bite”, including open bite, overbite, or under-bite.
  • Misaligned jaw due to birth defect or due to injury.
  • Difficulty breathing, including sleep apnea.

What Are the Procedures that Are Involved In This Surgery

The surgery will begin by placing you under general anesthesia. Once you are asleep and unconscious, the procedure itself will be done inside the mouth by cutting into the jawbones specifically in the area found behind the back teeth. This procedure is done so that you will not have any visible facial scars once the procedure is done.

Although there are times that a small incision or incisions may be required to be made outside of the mouth, they are very minimal and they won’t leave you with any distinctive facial scar.

The cutting of the jawbones will allow the surgeon to make room for the proper alignment or adjustment of the position of your jaws and once this is done, the doctor can then begin to secure the jawbones in place by using screws, plates and rubber bands, which have the same size as the brackets of your braces.

As time passes, the screws will eventually form part of your bone structure. As for the sutures, some may dissolve while others may be required to be removed within five to seven days.

Once the surgery is done, you will be required to stay in the hospital for a few days for the doctor to monitor your recovery and condition.

How to Prepare for Surgery

Before the surgery takes place, developing a treatment plan is the key step in the success of corrective jaw surgery. The planning begins by checking the condition of your teeth using x-rays, CT scans, and other modes of checking the position of your teeth and jaws. This is done to decide on how to proceed with the treatment.

Once everything has been checked, Invisalign clear aligners or traditional braces will be placed on your teeth for about a year or a year and a half or even longer depending on the condition of your jaws and teeth.

Depending on the severity of the condition of your jaws and teeth, once your teeth are properly aligned or when the surgeon determines it to be appropriate, then the surgery can proceed as planned or in some cases, if it is later found that your teeth and jaws’ position has changed after the use of the Invisalign or braces, the jaw surgery may even be avoided.

Why Is Orthodontics Essential for Jaw Surgery

Orthodontics is an essential step to achieve successful jaw surgery. The importance of such a step is that in the planning phase, this can determine whether orthodontics alone can improve or help your current condition or you would still need to undergo further jaw surgery.

However, most of the time, orthodontics and jaw surgery come hand-in-hand especially for adults and traditional braces or Invisalign are put in place before the jaw surgery will be performed.

This is so because orthodontics is what corrects the alignment and position of your teeth so you can get the appropriate bite which an individual is supposed to have. The braces will be kept in place even after the surgery and will be removed only when it is found to have corrected the position of your teeth.

Just like any other surgeries, choosing the right and trustworthy surgeon is the key to achieving your goals. Contact us now at (07) 5477 0889 or visit us at our clinic at Chancellor Village Business Centre on the Sunshine Coast for inquiries or to book an appointment.

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