Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is sometimes necessary when the teeth and jaws are misaligned. An orthodontist can sometimes correct this problem with
braces, but if the condition is too severe corrective jaw surgery is the best option to realign the teeth and jaws to restore the patient’s proper bite.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
Several issues can arise from misaligned jaws including:
Asymmetrical facial aesthetics or a jaw that looks uneven
Crowding of the teeth
Increased risk of periodontal disease
Inability to chew and grind food properly
Snoring and sleep apnea
Oral health and overall health go hand in hand — many issues related to misaligned jaws can negatively affect a patient’s overall health, dental health, and emotional health and well-being. If you are suffering from misalignment of the jaws, it is important to have your condition diagnosed, monitored, and treated as soon as possible.
After your surgical consultation, Dr. Shirley will take x-rays, CT scans, intraoral photos and 3D digital models of your head, face, and jaws to plan every detail of your upcoming procedure. We want our patients to be part of this life-changing process and see for themselves the changes that are ahead. We can show you in real-time how your bite will improve and how the look of your face may change after surgery. Dr. Shirley will work with you, your dentist, and your orthodontist during your treatment to be sure you achieve the smile of your dreams.
Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
First and foremost, the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct and optimize the function of the jaw. Many patients also experience other benefits including an “evened out” or symmetrical smile and jaw, improved chewing ability, improved breathing, and teeth that are better aligned and experience less wear and tear because they are in their proper positions.
At Piney Woods Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we understand the discomfort and self-confidence issues that can arise when the teeth and jaws are misaligned. If you would like to see what we can do for you, please call our office for a consultation. We would be honored to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!