Skilled Orthognathic Surgeon
Corrective Jaw Surgery in Sacramento and the Yuba - Sutter Area
What is Orthognathic Surgery or Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Orthognathic Surgery, known as Corrective Jaw Surgery corrects minor and
major dental and skeletal abnormalities. Corrective jaw surgery includes
the correction of misaligned jaws and teeth, which will improve speaking,
chewing, and breathing. The primary goal is to correct your functional
problems, but this procedure can also dramatically enhance your appearance.
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What Conditions May Require Corrective Jaw Surgery?
- Chronic jaw joint or jaw pain and headaches
- Open bite (a space between your upper and lower teeth when your mouth is closed)
- Birth defects or facial injury
- Unable to make lips touch without strain
- Difficulty biting and chewing food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Sleep apnea (unable to breathe properly while sleeping, including snoring)
- Facial appearance is unbalanced from the front or side
- Excessive teeth wear
What Causes Jaw Misalignment?
Sometimes, the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates. Also, birth
defects and injuries can also cause jaw misalignment. Orthodontics can
usually correct bite problems when only your teeth are not aligned; however,
corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct jaw misalignment.
How Do I know if I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Your surgeon will work with your Dentist and Orthodontist to determine
whether you need corrective jaw surgery. They will determine which procedure
will correct your problem. Your treatment will likely include orthodontics
before and after corrective jaw surgery, which can take several years
to finish. Your surgeon along with your Orthodontist and Dentist will
determine the course of treatment that best suits your needs.
What is the Treatment Plan for Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Prior to surgery, you will need to wear braces that will move your teeth
into a new position. Since your bite is being prepared so your teeth fit
together after surgery, you may think that your teeth don’t fit
together properly and your mouth is getting worse. However, when your
surgeon repositions your jaw(s), your teeth should fit well together.
Closer to surgery, they will take additional x-rays and models of your
teeth to ensure that your teeth will be properly aligned during surgery.
Corrective Jaw Surgery:
This procedure will be performed under general anesthesia in a hospital
and can take anywhere from one to several hours to finish. Your surgeon
will reposition your jaw to suit your specific needs. Bone may be added,
reshaped, or taken away. You also may require screws, surgical plates,
rubber bands and wires to secure your jaws in their new locations. Usually,
incisions are made inside your mouth to reduce noticeable scarring.
Your surgeon will instruct you to modify your diet, which could include
liquids and solids, with a schedule for changing over to a normal diet.
You should also avoid using tobacco products and engaging in strenuous
Pain after your corrective jaw surgery can be easily managed with medication
and you will be able to return to school or work between one and three
weeks after surgery. Initial healing of the bone takes about six weeks
and then you will follow-up with your orthodontist to finish your case.
What are the Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery?
By undergoing corrective jaw surgery, your teeth are repositioned in a
more functional, balanced and healthy manner. Some patients experience
drastic enhancements to their appearance and speech. To see if surgery
is right for you, please contact our oral surgeons in Sacramento.
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