What Is Jaw Surgery?
If you have misalignment of the jaw and are experiencing medical conditions such as TMJ, jaw pain, or other problems, you may be a good candidate for jaw surgery. Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, can also improve your appearance by repositioning the jawbone and correcting any asymmetry of the face. This type of surgery is performed by an oral and facial surgeon and may be combined with other procedures and treatments for even better results.
Correcting misalignment of the jaw alters the position of the underlying facial structure to improve your appearance.
Jaw surgery can reduce some of the symptoms associated with jaw misalignment, such as difficulty chewing, headaches, and locking of the jaw.
Improved Oral Health
Jaw surgery can also make it easier to care for your teeth and gums, making it easier to brush and floss.
Jaw surgery improves your appearance and as a side effect, improves how you look and feel about yourself.
How Jaw Surgery Works
Your oral surgeon will perform a thorough evaluation of your jaw and facial structure during your consultation. Digital x-rays we take during this visit will give us a clear idea of where the misalignment is occurring and the extent of restricted movement.
Jaw surgery can be performed for both functional and cosmetic reasons, and will alter the position of the facial features. We can effectively rebalance the facial structure by shifting the jaw because jaw placement is linked to the nose, mouth, and cheeks. In some cases, we can perform jaw surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to correct an overbite or underbite.
Patients with TMJ may also be good candidates for jaw surgery. Symptoms include facial swelling, dizziness, earaches, and pain in the jaw. Our team can diagnose and treat TMJ with jaw surgery and other treatment if necessary.
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