It is not uncommon for patients to have an improper bite or misaligned jaws. Most of the time, the issue is easily corrected with the use of orthodontics, but when the problem is more severe, it’s time for the oral surgeon to step in. Orthognathic (jaw) surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon can correct jaw irregularities that are affecting a patient’s ability to chew, speak, and breathe. Orthognathic surgery can also surgically align the jaw to improve facial harmony.
If you are suffering from any of these difficulties, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery:
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
- Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
- Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
- Receding chin
The doctors at Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery are orthognathic surgery specialists and will take excellent care of you during your treatment.
How does corrective jaw surgery work?
You, your orthodontist, and your oral surgeon will all work as a team to complete your orthognathic surgery treatment. The first step in the process is to work with your orthodontist to prepare your mouth for the procedure. This is done by using braces to properly align your teeth to each jaw. The orthodontic treatment phase usually lasts 6–18 months, and periodic scheduled adjustments will be made, just like with any braces treatment. As your teeth move into their new positions, you may think that your bite is getting worse rather than better. However, when your jaws are placed into proper alignment with orthognathic surgery, everything will match up beautifully. The next step is to have one or both of your jaws surgically moved to their new permanent position that allows for proper oral function and maximum facial aesthetics. This is procedure is performed by your oral surgeon and can take several hours, depending on the amount and type of surgery required. The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery use state-of-the-art technology to secure your jaw(s) in place with plates and screws (rigid fixation). Because we use advanced techniques for orthognathic surgery, you will not need to have your mouth wired closed while you recover. You may wear elastics in your mouth to guide your jaws into the new biting position, but rest assured, you will be able to open and close your mouth.
It will be about two weeks before you are able to return to school or work. After some healing time (about four to eight weeks), your orthodontist will make slight adjustments to your braces, which will likely stay on another 6–12 months following surgery. After your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to complete your treatment and to maintain your new smile for years to come.
After treatment, our orthognathic surgery patients can expect remarkable positive transformations to occur, including vast improvements in their ability to chew, speak, and breath. Enhanced facial balance and aesthetics can also be achieved with this surgery. The surgeons and team at Avon Oral, Facial and Dental Implant Surgery are expertly trained in orthognathic surgery techniques and are always thrilled to see their patients grow in self-confidence because of this potentially life-changing treatment.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
If you believe you are a candidate for orthognathic surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our practice located in Avon, Glastonbury, and Enfield, CT. One of our highly skilled surgeons will be happy to meet with you to discuss treatment.