Orthodontics: Corrective Jaw Surgery

What are the benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery?

corrective jaw surgeryCorrective Jaw Surgery, also called Orthognathic Surgery, is surgery that involves repositioning the jaws, and occasionally, the facial bones. It is performed when conventional braces are not totally able to correct a bite or jaw problem. This type of surgery is most often used for non-growing teenagers and adults. It is performed inpatient by an oral surgeon typically after 18 months in braces to correctly align the teeth and dental arches.

Benefits of Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery corrects the bad bite at its source- the jaw bones. If the bones are imbalanced, teeth cannot properly fit together. With jaw surgery, problems such as malocculsion and TMJ disorders can be corrected. By repositioning the jaws, stress on both the teeth and the jaw joint are reduced. This stops teeth from being worn down and eventually lost.

Collaboration

Jaw Surgery is an undertaking that is a collaboration between an orthodontist and an oral surgeon. The orthodontist will align the teeth and dental arches and the braces will remain on during and after surgery to refine tooth placement. The oral surgeon will undertake the procedure in a hospital and they patient may stay one or two days.

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