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Corrective Jaw Surgery


3D illustration of mandibleSome of our patients at Schnierow Dental Care come to us with concerns about their teeth and jaw which need to be addressed with orthognathic surgery. After completing a dental exam, our team can discuss whether this is the right treatment option, or if another noninvasive treatment is better suited to address the patient's needs.

What is Orthognathic Surgery?


Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure designed to correct and help realign the jaw. This is done by a member of our team to help correct several troubling issues. When the jaw and face are not aligned properly, it can cause discomfort and lead to several other problems in the mouth. For example, the patient may notice it is harder to chew and talk. The teeth are meant to stay aligned, which is the jaw's responsibility. When they get unaligned, the patient will start to notice discomfort and pain while chewing.

It is hard to predict these deformities, and because there are so many different types, the members of our team may need to be creative while completing the orthognathic surgery to fix some of the lesser known problems in the jaw. The goal of this procedure is for the teeth and jaw to work properly with no side effects and facilitate natural jaw motion.

While this kind of surgery is often done to fix deformities and discomfort in the face, there are times when our team may work with a patient to complete orthognathic surgery just for cosmetic purposes. When the jaw and teeth misalignment start to cause issues, which manifest in an odd physical appearance, the patient may wish to have the surgery to help fix this. Our dentists can discuss whether this is a good option for you.

How Can Orthognathic Surgery Help Me?


Many primary issues our team will find when choosing surgery will include some facial misalignments resulting in a severe underbite and overbite. Sometimes, these cannot be corrected by just orthodontic braces, and orthognathic surgery is necessary. Problems with speech, jaw pain, headaches, and muscle aches can also be solved with the use of this procedure. Ignoring these problems will only make the misalignment more pronounced and may cause more issues down the line.

How Can Our Team Decide if Orthognathic Surgery is Right for You?


Our team can determine whether orthognathic surgery is right for you through several investigative methods. Our team may be able to see these anomalies just by taking a look at the face of the patient if the issue is pronounced enough. Other times, these issues will present themselves with a traditional dental exam. A patient may or may not come in with complaints about certain issues caused by the misalignment of the teeth and jaw. If they do, our team can investigate from there and decide if orthognathic surgery is the right option.

While orthognathic surgery is not right for everyone, our team at Schnierow Dental Care is happy to set up an appointment and discuss whether this surgery can provide you with the results you want. Call us at (424) 383-5005 to set up your appointment with one of our professionals today.
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