If your jaws don’t meet together correctly and your teeth don’t seem to fit together with your jaws, you may have a skeletal orthodontic problem that makes eating difficult and can result in premature wear of teeth, gum problems and bone loss. Your face also may not appear symmetrical and you may not be happy with the way you look. Your jaws and teeth may have grown that way when you were a child or you may have sustained an injury. Whatever the reason, your teeth and facial bones can be surgically repositioned to create a more balanced appearance and jaws that work well together. The surgical treatment is performed on adults and teens after the jaws are fully developed and growth is complete.
Orthodontics may be required to move your teeth into the correct position on the upper and lower arches prior to surgery. After orthognatic surgery, final movement is required to realign teeth to accommodate the new position of the jaws. Dr. Abbey, specially trained in this type of corrective jaw surgery. You will be pleasantly surprised at the difference it makes in how your face looks and feels.
Who Needs Jaw Surgery?
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Receded jaw
Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Your dental team uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of jaw surgery.
If you are a candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery, Dr. Abbey will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.