Your jaws play an important role in many of your daily functions including talking and chewing. When there is a misalignment, whether minor or major, you can suffer from a wide range of difficulties. Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, helps to minimize these issues, allowing you to restore normal function to your mouth. This surgery, when performed by an OMS, can help to enhance your ability to chew, talk and even breathe, if the issue is severe enough.
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Jaw Alignment Issues
Anyone can suffer from jaw misalignment and it occurs for various reasons. Some people are born with a misaligned jaw while others suffer trauma to the oral cavity that causes the misalignment. Regardless of the reason, a misaligned jaw can cause trouble with eating and swallowing, can cause uneven wear on your teeth, force you to deal with cosmetic difficulties and have difficulty breathing. When orthodontics is not a viable option for correcting your jaw issues or they do not work, jaw surgery is typically the next best option.
Dental Teams Working Together
In most cases, correcting your misaligned jaw will be a combined effort between your OMS, orthodontist and general dentist. It is not a correction that occurs overnight; it could take years for the end result to be apparent. All of the professionals involved in your case will work together to find the best solution to correct the issues with your jaw. In many cases, surgery works in combination with orthodontics in order to perfect the alignment of your teeth and resolve any issues that you had as a result of the misalignment.
Adding and Removing Jawbones
Every situation is different and no two patients will have the same protocol when dealing with a misaligned jaw. Some patients will need to have braces before the surgery in order to move the bite enough for the surgery to be successful. Other patients will not require braces before, but will require them following the surgery. In addition, every case differs in terms of the type of surgery that is completed. For example, patients that have a problem with their bite, such as not being able to close their mouth completely, might have some bone taken away from their jaw to allow the mouth to properly close. In other cases, bone is added to the mouth, which is called a bone graft, which is sometimes needed to build the jaw up to make it stronger. This is common in surgeries that are dealing with those that had excessive gum disease and bone loss.
The Final Results
Many patients will not see the final results of their jaw surgery until a few years down the road. It depends on the severity of the issues and the plans that were created by your dental team. What is most important is that you are fully informed of every step that will take place in the process and how it will affect you at that time. Immediately following any type of jaw surgery, you will have post-op instructions to follow in order to ensure a successful recovery. We will discuss the necessary precautions to take following the surgery, including sticking to a soft food diet, avoiding smoking and alcohol and taking time off of work for a few weeks. Every instance is different and we will discuss your case with you at the time of your surgery. In general, it takes patients up to 9 months for the jaw to completely heal and be ready for the next step.
Jaw surgery is a serious undertaking, but it has many benefits that no other procedure could provide you with in the long run. When you work with us, we keep you informed of every necessary step to help you reach your ultimate goal of a perfectly aligned jaw, allowing you an easier time eating, talking, and breathing as well as a chance to be happy with your appearance with your improved jaw.
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