Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is a type of surgery that covers several procedures that are designed to correct often difficult dental or skeletal issues. This type of surgery is often reserved for when these issues cannot be corrected by other treatments, even with the most modern dental techniques and technology. At Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery, we can perform the many procedures involved in corrective jaw surgery, helping to restore your oral health and your overall quality of life.
Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Your mouth performs some essential daily functions. If you are faced with issues that affect your jaw, your temporomandibular joints, or any of the other surrounding structures, the functions of your mouth may be significantly affected. Suddenly, simple tasks like eating and speaking become painful, and you may find it difficult, if not impossible, to do them. When your mouth is affected by serious issues, your life is affected. Typically, other treatments are tried first. If they do not help, however, you are then often referred for corrective jaw surgery. This type of surgery is generally performed to correct issues such as:
How Is Corrective Jaw Surgery Done?
Before undergoing corrective jaw surgery, a thorough oral exam is performed. This exam is important for determining exactly what your issues are and determining the best course of treatment. We both visually inspect the structures of your mouth that can be seen with the naked eye and take x-rays to examine the hidden structures. With a complete picture of your oral condition, we can create a customized treatment plan that will provide you with the best possible results.
Corrective jaw surgery is done under local anesthetic as well as sedation. This ensures that you do not feel any pain while we perform your procedure and that you can remain calm and comfortable. In some situations, general anesthesia may be necessary. Depending on your specific treatment plan, surgery may take only an hour, or it can take several hours.
Surgery begins with small incisions in the soft tissues of your mouth, which provide us with access to your jawbone or other nearby bones. We are then able to reshape, add, or remove bone. Plates and screws or wires may be used to help stabilize your jaw following a fracture. Once your procedure is complete, the area is cleaned, and the surgical wounds are stitched closed.
The Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery
There are numerous benefits associated with corrective jaw surgery. These benefits include:
If you have difficult dental or facial issues that have not responded to any other treatments, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. Call Westlake Oral and Plastic Surgery at (805) 267-9766 today for more information and to schedule your consultation.
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