Orthognathic surgery, also commonly referred to as Corrective Jaw Surgery, is a dedicated procedure that corrects irregularities of the jawbones and realigns both jaws and teeth to improve its function and appearance. A corrective jaw surgery can have a huge impact on the patient's facial appearance, enhancing confidence and self-esteem.
A jaw surgery is generally the last resort chosen when patients have been left with no option to improve their dental problems with orthodontic remedies.
What can an orthognathic surgery help resolve?
A corrective jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct and resolve a wide range of minor and major dental irregularities that includes jaw and teeth misalignments. Jaw surgery can improve various functions of the mouth such as chewing, speaking, and breathing. As much as an orthognathic surgery can dramatically enhance the patient's appearance, its core intention is to correct functional problems of the mouth.
An orthognathic surgery can help resolve conditions as given below.
- Improve the functions of biting and chewing
- Correct problems with speech
- Minimize excessive wear and tear of teeth
- Correct bite and jaw closure issues such as underbites, overbites, and crossbites
- Rectify facial imbalance
- Relieve pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorder and other jaw problems
- Repair facial injury
- Relieve patients from OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea)
Who is the likely candidate for an orthognathic surgery?
Your oral surgeon would determine whether you're the likely candidate for an orthognathic surgery if you happen to experience the below conditions.
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- An unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects
- Receding lower jaw and chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
A corrective jaw surgery would typically conduct procedures to help resolve dentofacial deformities such as an open bite, protruding lower jaw, receding lower jaw or a weak chin.
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