Many patients may not realize the important role jawbone alignment plays in oral health. While the teeth and gums are visible, we often forget about the structures beneath the surface. Misaligned, atrophied, and damaged jawbone can significantly affect oral health. In some cases, the only way to correct damaged jawbone is with orthognathic (jaw) surgery performed by an oral surgeon. Orthognathic surgery corrects the way that the upper and lower jawbones align by removing excess bone mass and reshaping the jaws so that when the mouth is closed, a patient’s teeth line up properly.
Our oral surgeon typically recommends jaw surgery for patients who have difficulty speaking because the jawbone is misaligned or for those with protruding jaws, breathing problems, or open bites. Misaligned jawbones can result in severe tooth damage and even contribute to the loss of teeth.
Why Is Jaw Surgery Necessary?
When the upper and lower jaws do not align properly, the teeth will scrape against one another unnecessarily. This will cause tooth wear and ultimately damage tooth enamel, which protects teeth from harmful bacteria that cause cavities. Tooth loss contributes to a variety of oral health issues including bone atrophy and resorption. Furthermore, jaw surgery can drastically improve a patient’s quality of life, especially those suffering from chronic jaw and facial pain due to TMJ disorder and malocclusions.
When receiving corrective jaw surgery, our team uses state-of-the-art technology such as digital and three-dimension imaging to provide precise and thorough care. During the procedure, we will provide effective anesthetic medicine and sedatives to promote the most comfortable and relaxing experience possible for our patients. After jaw surgery, our patients will receive post-operative care instructions so that they can enjoy a speedy and healthy recovery.
Local general dentists and orthodontists refer many of our patients to us. We often work with your general dentist or orthodontist to develop effective treatment plans.
To reserve a consultation with our skilled team of oral surgeons, contact our friendly team today.