When your jaws are not properly aligned, your smile is not functioning as efficiently as it could for actions like chewing and speaking. In such cases, jaw surgery can help to improve these oral functions in patients.
Jaw surgery can be used to correct a number of different malocclusions (“bad bites”), including open bites, crossbites, underbites and overbites. Jaw surgery can also correct other jaw defects that occur during development, such as uneven vertical growth of the upper and lower jaws.
Misaligned jaws are not as effective at chewing, and malocclusions can also contribute to jaw discomfort that results from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Additionally, misaligned jaws may be more likely to cause injury to the soft tissues through accidental biting on them, etc. Therefore, patients who have this issue should consult with an oral surgeon to learn about the available treatment options.
The oral surgeon will evaluate your case by examining your jaw and taking x-rays and other imaging to plan for the surgery. The jaw will be rearranged into the proper alignment, which can entail any number of surgical techniques.
Jaw surgery will also likely result in aesthetic improvements to the smile, as misaligned jaws can detract from the smile’s appearance in addition to its function. This can be another compelling reason to consider this intervention.
Depending on the nature of the jaw surgery, it may be possible to perform the procedure in an outpatient setting, although more involved, complex surgeries may need to take place in an inpatient facility. Your surgeon can give you more specific details about the expectations for your case.
Furthermore, jaw surgery is often used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to achieve the proper alignment of the jaws and the teeth. The surgeon will collaborate closely with your orthodontist on the treatment plan if this is necessary in your situation.
To help the smile reach its optimal performance and appearance, patients who have malocclusions should explore possible solutions through jaw surgery. Schedule a consultation at our office to learn more about your treatment options.