Corrective jaw surgery also called orthognathic surgery can improve chewing, speech, and breathing. While your appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of your surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.

This procedure performed in dental surgery to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, including the misalignment of jaws and teeth.

Am I a Candidate for Corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic) surgery?

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Your dentist will work together with you to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. The dentist determines which corrective jaw surgical procedure is appropriate and performs the actual surgery.
It is important to understand that your treatment, which will probably include orthodontics before and after surgery, may take several years to complete.
Your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon and orthodontist understand that this is a long-term commitment to you and your family. They will try to realistically estimate the time required for your treatment.
Corrective jaw surgery may reposition all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin. When you are fully informed about your case and your treatment options, you and Dentist and the dental team will determine the course of treatment that is best for you.

What are the conditions that may also prompt a need for orthognathic surgery?

  • Birth defects
  • If you are experiencing Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain
  • Involuntary mouth breathing
  • The inability of your lips to come together without straining
  • Trauma or injury to the jaw or face
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when your mouth is closed)
  • Protruding jaw
  • Receding lower jaw and chin

Corrective jaw surgery risk

Because the surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia, you may experience numbness in the area as well as pain, swelling, bleeding, infection and adverse reaction to anesthesia.

Also, injury to the nearby bone. It may take six weeks of recovery at home. make sure you follow your doctor advice. In the case of children, typically includes brushing after every meal using a small, gentle kids' toothbrush such as the My First Colgate toothbrushes and toothbrushes for older children or tweens.

Corrective jaw surgery cost

If you don't have health insurance, orthognathic surgery cost around $20,000 to well over $40,000 in the United State according to CostHelper.

However, if your case is Beyond orthodontics, your cost may be higher because of the severity of your jaw misalignment and what type of surgery is required. Your location, country, and the hospital treating you during care can all make a difference as well.

Although corrective jaw surgery is supposed to be a medical procedure, not a cosmetic procedure, it is possible to reduce your expenses on health and dental conditions. Your health insurance policies may cover part of the cost of corrective surgery.

Enjoy Your New Look Jaw!

The corrective jaw moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced, functional and healthy. Although the goal of corrective jaw surgery is to improve your bite and function, some patients also experience enhancements to their appearance and speech. The results of the corrective jaw can have a dramatic and positive effect on many aspects of your life.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Dental office close to you.


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