Jaw surgery is often seen as an elective procedure initiated by the patient because they aren’t happy with their facial structure.
While this is a valid reason for undergoing jaw surgery, it is far from the sole reason many choose to explore this corrective option. This procedure can help you sleep better, speak better, eat healthier and be happier.
Common Medical Reasons for Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery is used to correct the following problems:
- Misaligned bite
- Ineffective chewing
- Difficulty swallowing
- Excessive wear and tear on teeth
- Jaw closure issues, such as when the teeth do not meet properly
- Lip closure issues
- TMJ disorder
- Jaw injury
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Facial imbalances, like over or underbites
If you exhibit symptoms such as jaw pain, difficulty closing your mouth and trouble chewing and swallowing, it might be time for an expert assessment. If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and non-invasive treatments aren’t working, you may want to try jaw surgery. And yes, if you are unhappy with your facial appearance, jaw surgery can also assist in correcting cosmetic irregularities.
Know the Risks
Like any procedure, jaw surgery poses risks such as blood loss, infection, nerve damage and potentially a need for a future surgical procedure if the outcome is not successful. But ultimately, it’s considered safe, especially when managed by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Because of the intensive recovery procedure involved with jaw surgery, it is never a solution to enter into lightly. Your dentist and oral surgeon should agree on your treatment and you should make sure you can get the necessary time away from your responsibilities to allow your body to fully heal.
Preparation Is Key
It’s important to consider how any procedure will impact the appearance of the face. Through multiple imaging tests, we work with your dental team to understand the best path toward improving both jaw function and appearance.
Trust Northeast Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery — you will have a helping hand through every stage of the process. Opting for jaw surgery is a major decision, but it can bring relief to those who struggle with functional or cosmetic jaw issues. Talk to us today to schedule your consultation and let’s take the next step together.