Orthognathic Jaw Surgery
If your jaws don’t meet correctly or your teeth don’t seem to fit in the jaws, corrective jaw surgery may be needed. Working with your orthodontists, the teeth are straightened and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws.
This not only helps the teeth to fit together and function properly, but also improves facial appearance. In certain instances advancement of the jaws or a portion of the chin is necessary to increase the size of the airway space to correct snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) problems.
Who Needs Orthognathic Jaw Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be problems that can affect chewing function, speech, snoring, sleep patterns, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics is used to correct tooth position while bite or breathing problems may require repositioning of the jaws with orthognathic surgery or distraction techniques.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- chewing, biting or swallowing
- speech problems
- chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- open bite
- protruding jaw
- mouth breathing problems
Any of these can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Cullum offers advanced computer techniques and model prediction to demonstrate how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging to show you how your bite can be improved, we can even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. Your understanding of the surgical process and the treatment prescribed is an important part of Corrective Jaw Surgery. Dr. Cullum will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment.