What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
When conventional braces or other orthodontic options alone are unable to treat advanced cases of bite misalignment or other dental and skeletal irregularities, corrective jaw surgery may be a recommended solution. Corrective jaw surgery can reposition your jaws and teeth to address aesthetic concerns and functional difficulties (including impairment with eating, speaking, or breathing) caused by a wide range of jaw conditions. At PURE Oral Surgery, our team of oral and maxillofacial surgery specialists is highly experienced at performing corrective jaw surgery (also referred to as orthognathic surgery) to treat these issues and improve your oral function, comfort, and physical appearance. To find out more about jaw surgery and other treatment options, schedule an appointment at one of our state-of-the-art practices conveniently located throughout the DFW area.
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Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Adults and younger patients may all be ideal candidates for orthognathic surgery. In a number of cases, jaw surgery may be combined with orthodontics or other treatments to achieve desired results. Our oral surgeons will assess your bite, jaw position, and facial profile and work closely with your general dentist or orthodontist to create a personalized treatment plan to meet your individual needs. Corrective jaw surgery may be recommended if you experience:
- Receding or protruded chin
- Misaligned bite or jaw
- Facial deformities or injuries
- Difficulty biting or chewing
- Trouble speaking or swallowing
- Excessive wear or damage to the teeth
- Breathing difficulties (sleep apnea or mouth breathing)
- Severe temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD)
What to Expect During Treatment
Our skilled jaw surgeons will conduct a thorough examination and take advanced 3D images of your face and jaw to plan the best course of care for your needs. Orthognathic surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia at an accredited surgical facility. During this process, the cartilage, bone, and tissues surrounding the lower face might be reshaped or augmented so the jaw and teeth are correctly aligned. Our skilled oral surgeons will take the most minimally invasive approach possible, often making small incisions inside your mouth to reduce the chance of any visible scars. Biocompatible surgical screws, plates, and wires may be used to keep your jaw in its new position. In some instances, bone grafts and other treatments could also be performed to enhance the shape of your jaw, oral function, and facial profile.
After Corrective Jaw Surgery
Following your jaw surgery, you will need to have a family member or friend drive you home. The PURE Oral Surgery team recommends you take about 1 – 3 weeks to recover and rest before returning to work or school. Aftercare instructions, including pain medication, diet limitations, and how to care for your mouth, will be given to you ahead of time. Follow-up visits may also be recommended so our jaw surgeons can evaluate your progress. Your jaw will probably require a few months of healing before your orthodontic treatment can be initiated or resumed.
pure's Commitment to You
A number of dental and medical insurance companies recognize jaw surgery as being medically necessary since it largely serves to improve oral function. After your consultation, our insurance coordinator will review your insurance benefits and determine any potential personal costs for your care. At PURE Oral Surgery, our team strives to offer effective treatment options to improve your health and wellness and will work with you to find an affordable solution. Talk with our team about the payment options we accept.
Improve Jaw Function and Health
Jaw surgery not only addresses aesthetic concerns, like a protruded or receded chin, but it can also improve oral function, speech, and breathing capabilities. Our jaw surgeons are extremely skilled in orthognathic treatments and are proud to be among the oral surgeons Dallas, TX patients trust with this advanced form of care. We invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our DFW area practices to learn more about the benefits of jaw surgery, cost, and more.