Jaw surgery can correct a number of serious, painful conditions. Generally, more conservative treatment methods are recommended as an initial course of action with jaw problems, but if these don’t deliver the results you expect, jaw surgery may be the answer.
What types of problems and conditions can jaw surgery help?
1. Bite Problems
An improper bite can affect your appearance, but it can also lead to adverse medical conditions. Having an overbite or under-bite can cause orthodontic problems. A cross-bite, open bite or bad bite symmetry can result in excessive wear and tear on one side of the jaw.
Surgery can help in severe cases, or when other treatment options fall short.
Temporomandibular joint disorder can cause severe pain. If your jaw joint locks or clicks while talking or eating, you have a toothache, ear pain or ringing in your ears, it usually won’t get better on its own. In fact, if it’s not treated, the symptoms can become chronic.
Surgery can repair the jaw joint, and after healing, your jaw can return to normal.
3. Chronic Headaches
Chronic headaches can have many causes. From dietary sensitivities to back problems, many conditions can cause daily pain, but jaw problems may not make the initial suspect list. However, conditions involving the jaw can often cause headaches, and jaw surgery can provide a permanent fix.
4. Imbalanced Facial Appearance
A misaligned jaw and the previously mentioned bite problems can contribute to appearance abnormalities ranging from mild to extreme. Sometimes, this is all the motivation you need to explore surgical options. Maybe you don’t like the look of your profile, or you have to keep your mouth open most of the time.
Schedule a jaw surgery consultation to see how this procedure could help.
5. Facial Injuries
Jaw surgery is often used as a cosmetic procedure after an accident when facial bones sustain serious damage. For instance, jaw surgery may be needed after a severe dislocation suffered in a car accident.
6. Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your throat tissues collapse during sleep, blocking your breathing and causing you to briefly wake up and gasp for air countless times per night.
Sleep apnea can make you extremely tired during the day and it has many long-term negative effects, such as an increased risk of stroke. After other treatment options are exhausted, surgery might be recommended to correct jaw abnormalities that could be contributing to the problem.
7. Teeth Grinding
When you have bruxism, you grind your teeth while asleep, and sometimes even while awake. This can lead to premature wear on tooth enamel, and in extreme cases, surgery may be needed to prevent further damage.
The team at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is always available to explain the different scenarios in which jaw surgery can be helpful. Call us today to schedule a consultation with our team.