Corrective jaw surgery is the repositioning of misaligned jaws with surgery; when jaws do not meet correctly and/or teeth do not fit within the jaws. This procedure is performed by an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (OMS). First, the teeth will need to be straightened by an orthodontist and during this orthodontic treatment the corrective jaw surgery will reposition the misaligned jaws. This improves facial appearance, and ensures that the teeth meet correctly and function properly.
People who can benefit from jaw surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth occurs gradually as a person ages and typically this growth ends at age 18 to 21 years old. In some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates resulting in problems affecting speech, appearance, the ability to chew properly and long-term oral health. Orthodontics can sometimes correct bite problems in cases when only the teeth are involved, but orthognathic surgery may be required in addition to the orthodontic treatment if the jaws also need realignment.
Common symptoms that typically require further attention include:
These conditions can develop over time as the patient grows and are a result of hereditary or environmental influences or can be acquired due to trauma to the face or head. Before any treatment can be determined, a consultation with an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, including x- rays, is necessary. During the consultation process, you have the opportunity to ask any questions that you may have regarding any recommended treatment options. Once you are completely informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will work together to choose the treatment path that is best suited for you.
At Pearlmax, we use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional (3D) models so that any surgery can be planned in detail and the final results can be predicted to the best possible degree. Utilizing digital x-rays and 3D imaging, we are able to show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you will look following the procedure.
We always work in close coordination with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment to maximize results. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental and facial relationship.