Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform corrective jaw surgery to resolve a range of dental and skeletal irregularities. Procedures to realign the teeth and reposition or reshape the jawbone can effectively alleviate functional problems and improve facial imbalances.
If you have a bite problem, you may benefit from jaw surgery. As treatment may require a long-term commitment, however, the decision on whether to move forward isn’t one to make lightly.
When Oral Surgeons Consider Corrective Jaw Procedures
Corrective jaw procedures often dramatically enhance appearance, but oral and maxillofacial surgeons recommend surgical treatment as a means of correcting functional issues.
If you have any of the following problems, schedule a jaw surgery consultation with an experienced oral surgeon to discuss options for treatment:
- Difficulty biting, chewing or swallowing food
- An excessive amount of tooth wear
- Underbite, overbite or open bite
- An unbalanced appearance to the face
- Misalignment of the jaws
- Chronic jaw joint pain or dysfunction
- A facial birth defect or injury
- Habitual snoring or breathing problems during sleep
Determining the Need for Corrective Jaw Procedures
The above-mentioned issues indicate that jaw surgery may be beneficial, but you’ll need to consult with a board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to learn whether corrective procedures can provide the results you seek.
To determine if surgery is the best course of action, your oral surgeon will review your dental and medical history and the results of diagnostic imaging tests. Your personal preferences and goals will factor into the decision as well, and the surgical team will work with your orthodontist to develop a treatment plan.
Deciding When to Move Forward with Corrective Jaw Surgery
To effectively correct functional problems and resolve facial imbalances, treatment may involve oral and maxillofacial surgery along with orthodontics before and after the procedure. This can take several years, so the timing must be carefully planned.
Because of the complexities involved in corrective procedures, you may want to get a second opinion. Ask your oral surgeon for a referral, or find a qualified local professional through your dentist, orthodontist or primary care physician. You can also get a name from the state medical board.
If you want an expert opinion on whether surgical treatment is in your best interests, make an appointment at Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our board-certified oral surgeons, Dr. Garrison and Dr. Kelly, have extensive experience successfully completing routine and complex corrective procedures for patients in the greater central Indiana area.
To find out if you can benefit from corrective jaw surgery, contact Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and schedule a consultation today.