Corrective Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, realigns the jaws and teeth to enhance the way they work and also to enhance your appearance. Jaw surgery might be a treatment alternative if you have moderate to serious jaw issues that can’t be treated with orthodontics alone.

Orthognathic surgery involves a combination of jaw surgery and orthodontics or braces. Jaws that don’t close correctly, or the teeth that don’t normally contact the teeth of the opposing jaw bone, are the most common indications for jaw surgery.

The ideal times for corrective jaw surgery is after development stops, about the age of 13 to 15 for females and age 16 to 18 for males.

Corrective jaw surgery is helpful to:

  • Making chewing easier for teeth that don’t contact normally.
  • Minimizing excessive wear of the teeth caused due to an abnormal bite.
  • Correcting facial asymmetry.
  • Improve “gummy” smiles, caused due to lips that don’t fully close.
  • Improve “toothless” smiles, where the lips cover all the teeth.
  • Reduce the risk of temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
  • Repair and correct post-traumatic facial injury, defects and abnormalities.

Jaw surgery is done in a hospital set-up and requires a one-to two-day stay. Complete recuperation at home generally takes three to six weeks.

 Usually, an orthodontist places braces on your teeth before surgery. Braces are placed on for 9 to 18 months before surgery to level and adjust your teeth. After your jaw disturbance is corrected from surgery — regularly around six weeks after surgery — your orthodontist completes the treatment and in the end removes the braces. The whole orthodontic procedure, including surgery, may last 12 to 24 months.

We offer completely painless dental treatments for the entire family. For more information or to make an appointment please call our Glen Dental Centre in Coquitlam at 604.552.2241.

Posted on by Dr. Ashnaei in Blog

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