Sometimes jaw, or orthognathic, surgery is necessary if the jaw doesn’t align correctly or if teeth don’t “fit” right within the jaw. Teeth can be straightened by an orthodontist, but corrective jaw surgery might still be required in order to reposition a jaw that’s misaligned. Such a surgery makes teeth meet in the right way, optimizes function and has the added bonus of making facial appearance even better.
Do You Need Jaw Surgery?
There are many instances where jaw surgery can be beneficial—if a patient has an improper bite or jaw misalignment, they may be a good candidate. A jaw grows very slowly, and sometimes lower and upper jaws grow at varying speeds. This can lead to many problems, such as speech, appearance and long term oral health issues, or can even affect the ability to chew. Sometimes, orthodontics (such as braces) can fix problems with bites, but this is if “only teeth” are the issue. Otherwise, jaw surgery might be required.
There are many reasons why a person might have a misaligned jaw, from environmental factors to genes. Trauma can also cause serious jaw issues. Prior to treatment, a full consultation with X-rays and an exam is in order. Once a patient is informed about care options, we work together as a dental team to make a plan that may include jaw surgery.
Prior to surgery, your dental team will review any difficulties you’re having in these areas:
- Breathing problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Speech problems
Jaw Surgery and Technology
Only the latest technology is used at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, including full face X-rays with computer video imaging. This lets our team show you exactly how your bite will improve post-surgery and you can even get a sneak preview of how your looks may change (for the better). Jaw surgery candidates rest easy knowing their team of professionals includes Drs. Partridge and Maxfield, as well as your dentist and orthodontist (if applicable). In the end, jaw surgery leads to better function, better health and a better appearance.