Orthognathic surgery is a procedure used when the upper and lower jawbones don’t meet correctly or the teeth don’t fit the right way within the jaw. While misaligned teeth can be straightened using braces and orthodontics, a misaligned jaw requires a surgical intervention. Not only can this procedure help to create a more balanced facial appearance, it also ensures your teeth meet correctly to make chewing and speaking easier.
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery is most beneficial for someone who has an improper bite or some other jaw misalignment. Like many other bones in our body, the jaws grow over time, but occasionally the upper and lower jaw may not grow together correctly. When that happens the resulting improper jaw alignment can lead to problems with speech development, chewing, and long-term oral health. The appearance of a misaligned jaw can also cause problems for patients who become self-conscious about asymmetry in their facial structure.
Some common symptoms that may indicate that you need orthognathic surgery include:
- Problems chewing, biting, or swallowing food
- Problems with speech or speech development
- Chronic jaw pain and headaches
- Pain and symptoms of TMJ
- A protruding upper or lower jaw or non-symmetrical face
- Problems breathing, especially at night
The cause of jaw misalignment could be hereditary (a trait passed down from your parents) or congenital (something you are born with), or it could be the result of environmental influences or facial trauma that occurs later in life.
What to Expect During Corrective Jaw Surgery
- Prior to any treatment, the doctors at Utah Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center will schedule a consultation where you can get a complete examination and x-rays. This is the perfect time to ask any questions that you might have about the treatment, and to review the procedure for the surgery itself.
- Many times a combined orthodontic – surgical treatment approach is necessary to obtain and optimal result.
- When you are ready to move forward with orthognathic surgery, Drs. Bryan or Steven Christensen will use whatever modern technology that is necessary to ensure a good functional and esthetically pleasing outcome.
Schedule a Consultation Today
Don’t suffer from the pain and limitations that jaw misalignment causes, call the Utah Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today to schedule a consultation and find out how you can get treatment to start living a pain-free life with a more functional, healthier facial structure.