Posted on 3/7/2022 by New York Oral, Maxillofacial, and Implant Surgery
From functional anomalies to cosmetics, corrective jaw surgery is done for a variety of reasons. However, regardless of why you need the surgery, it is paramount you know what to expect from the procedure. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be able to lead you through the treatment.
Reasons for Jaw Surgery
You may need corrective jaw surgery to correct dental bite – over or under. The surgery may also help correct speech and swallowing. An oral surgeon may perform corrective jaw surgery to relieve sleep apnea and alleviate jaw joint issues. Repairing facial injury and improving the overall ability of the lips to close properly are other reasons you may receive jaw surgery. Some aesthetic reasons for jaw surgery are; correction of an overbite, facial asymmetry, and underbite.
For sleep apnea problems, the common surgery is jaw advancement. In this surgery, the surgeon advances both the upper and lower jaws forward, allowing more room for the soft tissues in the mouth and tongue. When there is more room for these tissues it helps prevent obstruction of the airway.
During the surgery, the oral and maxillofacial team will use modern treatment planning techniques that aid in planning for the surgery. The surgery team may use cone beam computerized tomography, diagnostic models, digital X-rays, and virtual surgical planning to preplan the surgery. A patient is administered general anesthesia to ensure comfort.
The recovery time varies depending on the precise surgery procedure. The more invasive the procedure is, the more time you may need to recover. To find out more about corrective jaw surgery visit our dental office. Our oral and maxillofacial team will examine you to find out the issue at hand before planning and preparing for the treatment. Sometimes, you may not need the surgery, but if the team recommends it to correct your jaw and bite problems, it is worthwhile undertaking it. Contact us today for a consultation.
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