Jaw surgery is a common procedure performed by an oral surgeon. This type of treatment is corrective in nature and can address alignment issues with the lower mandible and the way it connects to the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) along with developmental abnormalities that have caused one jaw to outgrow the other. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) is a specialist who has extensive education and training to perform a specialized procedure of this nature so that people can enjoy an improved quality of life and increased oral function. Following are some of the top benefits to having jaw surgery.
Increased Oral Function
Ideally, oral function should be smooth and comfortable. If patients have difficulty moving their mouth when eating or speaking, it can lead to a host of issues such as worn dentition, TMJ problems, and facial discomfort. Aligning the jawbones with corrective jaw surgery will improve occlusal problems so that teeth make contact appropriately during oral function and so that the jaw is aligned with the TMJ to prevent strain and discomfort. After healing from corrective jaw surgery, patients can enjoy more smooth and comfortable oral function.
Improved Facial Symmetry
Sometimes one jaw can outgrow the other. This issue typically occurs during development and should be rectified with jaw surgery to produce a symmetrical aesthetic. In these instances, jaw surgery involves removing excess bone and aligning the jaws so that they meet up properly and appear proportionate.
Reduced Orofacial Pain
Misalignments of the jaw – especially the way that the lower mandible meets up with the TMJ – can produce intense and chronic orofacial discomfort. This is because the lower mandible’s position stresses the TMJ and its supportive muscular tissue. Issues with the TMJ and jaw alignment greatly reduce a person’s quality of life and have many negative effects on oral health.
Receiving corrective jaw surgery is life changing. Our oral surgeons provide high quality treatment with the objective of improving one’s health and quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call our practice at your convenience today!