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Jaw Surgery


In recent years, there have been numerous developments in dental procedures, tools, and techniques that have greatly reduced the need for invasive treatments to restore your oral health following different types of injuries and issues. Despite these developments, there are still situations in which you may need a more invasive, complex, or involved procedure to provide you with the best possible results. Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is often used in situations where no other procedures have proven effective for your dental or facial issues. When you need jaw surgery, Optimum Oral Surgery Group can help.

Do I Need Jaw Surgery?


As a major component of your mouth, the jaw has many important functions. Injuries or other issues with the jaw or its surrounding components can significantly affect the functions of your mouth. Functions like eating and speaking, things you once did with little to no thought, suddenly become difficult, painful, and even impossible.
When your jaw has been affected by an injury or another issue, treatment is needed right away. In many cases, non-surgical treatments are considered first. However, if no other treatment is possible, jaw surgery is then recommended. Common reasons for jaw surgery include:
X-ray image of the skull at Optimum Oral Surgery Group
•  Facial trauma. This can be caused by several different issues, including car accidents, sports injuries, or falls.
•  Congenital defects such as a cleft lip or palate.
•  Severe alignment issues that cannot be corrected with orthodontic treatment. These issues include significant overbites or underbites.
•  Temporomandibular joint disorder. Jaw surgery may be recommended if your TMJ has not responded to other treatments.
•  Obstructive sleep apnea. This is a condition that interferes with your breathing while you sleep. Surgery may be recommended to move the jaw forward to prevent tissues from blocking your airway.
•  Facial imbalances.

How Is Jaw Surgery Done?


Before recommending you for jaw surgery, we perform a thorough head, neck, and oral exam to determine if surgery is the best option for you. We visually examine your mouth, assessing the alignment of your teeth and jaws and look over the condition of your teeth. In addition to a visual examination, we also take images of your face and mouth, such as digital x-rays or 3D scans. These images enable us to see the hidden areas of your mouth, including your jawbone and joints. Once we have assessed your situation, we are then able to formulate a treatment plan that will provide you with the best results possible.

The exact treatment you receive will depend on your situation. Jaw surgery is typically done under general anesthesia in a hospital setting. Anesthesia options are discussed during your initial consultation so that we can find the best type for your needs. The length of your surgery could range anywhere from one to several hours.

Jaw surgery begins with incisions in your soft tissues. Based on your treatment plan, we may add or remove bone, or bone may be reshaped. We may place plates and screws to stabilize the bone. Once your procedure is complete, the surgical incisions are sutured closed. Before you go home, we provide you with aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing.

The Benefits of Jaw Surgery


There are several benefits associated with jaw surgery, including:
•  Alleviation of chronic pain.
•  Restoration of normal functions. You can bite, chew, and speak normally again.
•  Improvement of your facial aesthetics.
•  Improvement of your oral health.

With jaw surgery, we can help to restore the functions of your mouth while also improving the quality of your smile and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Optimum Oral Surgery Group at (856) 778-8686 today.

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