Corrective jaw surgery is performed to fix various dental or skeletal abnormalities. The procedure works by shifting the jaw into the proper position to improve functionality and balance. Oral and maxillofacial surgeons, in collaboration with a dentist or orthodontist, handle the surgical procedure.
What is Malocclusion?
Malocclusion is a clinical term for improperly aligned jaws. Malocclusion can be a result of a congenital flaw, trauma or from an incorrect development of the jaw. Although it is correct that very few people have flawlessly aligned jaws, the misalignment is hardly complicated enough to require surgery.
In normal situations, when a person’s mouth snaps shut, the upper teeth stay a bit over the lower set. The surfaces of the upper and lower molars fit into the depression. Nevertheless, if the jaws are not aligned, the upper teeth may project further than the lower teeth. This is known as an overbite. It is an underbite if the lower teeth project further than the upper teeth.
In some cases, the upper teeth may snap to the sides of the lower ones, or not even meet at all. Surgery can fix this problem to alter your facial features and stop undue pressure that may cause your teeth to deteriorate.
Correcting the issue
Corrective jaw surgery is performed to correct functionality issues because improperly aligned jaw can result in severe pain or unease. It also leads to excessive teeth degradation, difficulty with biting and chewing and even labored breathing.
People with jaw misalignment are usually self-conscious. A lower jaw protrusion may give a patient a bulldog appearance, while upper jaw protrusion can reduce the prominence of the chin. With orthognathic surgery, an oral surgeon can correct the issue and enhance their appearance.
If you have any of these issues, the dentist can use a computer model to show what your teeth and face will look like after surgery.
Braces are orthodontic devices used for fixing misaligned jaw. In some instances when braces are not enough, corrective jaw surgery may be the only solution. It is often combined with another orthodontic treatment.
The severity of your condition determines how long you will wear braces. In the start, you may think the situation is worsening or that the process is painful. Once the surgeon corrects your jaw, the teeth will align.
You will usually wear braces before the surgery, but braces may be installed after surgery to finish treatment.
Do you need corrective jaw surgery?
The path leading to an aligned jaw can be challenging. It requires commitment from everyone involved, but the outcome is worth the trouble. You will not only remove persistent pain and uneasiness you had to deal with, but you will also chew and breathe easier than before. Aside from increased comfort and functionality, you will also experience a remarkable change in your appearance after your surgery.
Call our office today if you need more information on corrective jaw surgery. We are happy to answer questions and discuss treatment options.
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