However, although these procedures can be used to improve the facial appearance, oral surgeons also use jaw surgery to address serious health concerns and to correct functional problems.
Do you have problems with your jaw? If so, corrective jaw surgery performed by an experienced oral surgeon could provide you with a host of benefits and potentially improve your life.
No. 1: Jaw Joint Pain Relief
When the jaws are misaligned, it places added stress and strain on the temporomandibular joints (TMJ). This creates chronic pain, and for many patients, leads to the development of TMJ disorder.
Once jaw surgery is completed, the joint pain typically becomes a distant memory. Pain relief is often the most compelling reason people undergo jaw surgery.
No. 2: Better Bite Function
Misaligned jaws can make biting, chewing and swallowing food more difficult. For many patients, certain foods are off-limits because of the issue.
Orthognathic surgery realigns the jaws to give the teeth optimal bite function. Eating becomes much easier, and patients are often able to resume enjoying the foods they couldn’t previously consume.
No. 3: Improved Speech
The way the mouth and teeth are aligned can affect your ability to speak properly. Speaking and pronouncing words correctly can become an embarrassing challenge with misaligned jaws. This can profoundly affect self-confidence, especially for adolescents and those who must frequently speak at work, school or other events.
Orthognathic surgery can have a positive impact on speech. Patients enjoy talking clearly and easily, free from their former impediments.
No. 4: Reduced Tooth Wear
Misalignment in the jaws causes patients to exert more pressure on certain teeth. The result is increased wear and tear, which can lead to damage, decay and eventual tooth loss.
After orthognathic surgery, the jaws and teeth will be properly aligned. The pressure of the bite will be spread evenly throughout the mouth, so the amount of tooth wear will be reduced.
No. 5: Sound Sleep
Misaligned jaws can be a contributing factor to sleep apnea. The problem can affect the anatomy of the upper airway, leading to obstruction and nighttime cessation of breathing. The complications related to sleep apnea can impact patient health in many profound ways.
Though not all sleep apnea patients require the same surgical approach, orthognathic surgery can be life-changing. The procedure can open the airway to allow for a much better night’s rest and improved overall health.
Could you benefit from corrective jaw surgery? An experienced local oral surgeon — such as the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah — can evaluate your jaws and oral health to determine if an orthognathic procedure is in your best interest.
Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield have over 10 years of experience in successfully performing both routine and complex orthognathic surgeries for patients in the greater Salt Lake City area. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to schedule a consultation to learn more about corrective jaw surgery today.