Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaw misalignments negatively affect a patient’s ability to chew or speak, or when long-term oral health is compromised. Often, the problem is easily corrected with the use of orthodontics, but when the issue is more severe, an oral surgeon will step in to help. Orthognathic surgery can also surgically align the jaw to improve facial harmony.
Injury to the jaw and birth defects are common causes of jaw alignment. If you are suffering from any of these difficulties, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery and should come in for an evaluation:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting, swallowing, or breathing
- Difficulty with your speech
- Chronic jaw pain
- Protruding jaw
- Bite problems
The doctors at Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa are specialists at corrective jaw surgery and will ensure you are well taken care of during and after your procedure. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. Once you are fully informed about your condition and your recommended care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
How does corrective jaw surgery work?
The first step in the process of corrective jaw surgery is to meet with one of our oral surgeons to plan the surgery. Using comprehensive facial imaging, you will be able to see how your bite will function and look after treatment. At this time, your oral surgeon will discuss every aspect of your proposed treatment plan.
Your oral surgeon will work with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. Your orthodontist to prepare your mouth for the procedure by using braces to align your teeth to each jaw. The orthodontic phase of treatment usually lasts six to eighteen months, with periodic scheduled adjustments. The next step is to have one or both of your jaws surgically moved to their new permanent position for proper oral function and maximum facial aesthetics. This procedure is performed by your oral surgeon in the hospital using computer-aided surgical techniques and can last between one to four hours. You may stay in the hospital for one to three days post-surgery.
Patients typically may be off work or school from two weeks to one month after surgery. Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery, and braces are maintained for six to twelve months after surgery. Once your braces are removed, you will wear a retainer to complete your treatment and to preserve your new smile for many years to come. It may take a couple of months to return to normal chewing function, and full function may take one year.
After treatment is complete, we find that our orthognathic surgery patients have made a remarkable positive transformation with enormous improvements in their chewing function, speech, and breathing. Improved facial aesthetics are often achieved with this surgery as well.
Orthognathic Surgery Surgery in Hiawatha, IA
The team at Dental Implant & Oral Surgery Specialists of Iowa are expertly trained in orthognathic surgery techniques. Our jaw surgery patients often make a complete transformation for the better after receiving this life-changing treatment. If you believe you may require orthognathic surgery, or if this type of surgery has been recommended for you, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at our practice in Hiawatha, IA. One of our highly skilled surgeons will be happy to evaluate you for treatment.