If you have a crooked jaw, it may bother you for aesthetic and functional reasons. Orthognathic surgery can correct a crooked jaw and other jaw problems. Orthognathic surgery often involves multiple procedures, but the results can significantly change your appearance and quality of life.
How Can I Fix a Crooked Jaw?
Many factors can cause a crooked jaw or other jaw and tooth issues. The first step in fixing your crooked jaw should begin with consulting an oral and maxillofacial surgery expert. They will develop a customized treatment plan that will often last 12 to 24 months. During this time, you will usually have several adjustments to your teeth along with the jaw procedure.
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
If the issues with your jaw and teeth are too severe for orthodontics, you may be recommended for orthognathic or jaw surgery. The actual surgery makes up one part of the process, but you will also need several other treatments. You may need braces to adjust your teeth or the removal of crowded teeth. Jaw surgery focuses on taking continuous steps till your results are achieved.
How Does Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Work?
You can expect your orthognathic surgery process to last a year or two, and the actual surgery will occur somewhere near the middle. Dr. Sonneveld may reshape the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. The surgery may also involve the chin. The procedure happens under general anesthesia. Dr. Sonneveld will reshape and move the jaw bones to achieve a symmetrical, properly aligned position.
What Can Orthognathic Surgery Treat?
You may be recommended for jaw surgery if you have problems with the alignment or shape of your jaws and teeth. Orthognathic surgery can address even severe jaw issues, including:
- Facial injuries
- Congenital (present at birth) malformations
- Misaligned teeth
- Problems with chewing
- Chronic jaw pain and headaches
- Sleep apnea
- Overbites, underbites, and open bites
- Protruding jawbone
- Recessed chin
What is Recovery Like From Orthognathic Surgery?
You can only have liquids and pureed foods for the first two weeks after your surgery. After that time, you can resume soft foods. You should avoid chewy or hard foods for at least a month. Most people can return to their usual activities after two weeks. You can resume exercise and other strenuous activities when your surgeon approves it.
Am I a Good Candidate for Jaw Surgery?
Only your surgeon can determine whether orthognathic surgery is a good choice for you. Ideal candidates are in overall good health and have reasonable expectations. If you have jaw and tooth problems that orthodontics cannot treat, you may be a good candidate for jaw surgery.
Take the Next Step
If you have further questions about orthognathic surgery, we encourage you to schedule a consultation at Faces Fort Worth. Call us at (817) 927-1818 or fill out our online contact form. We look forward to taking care of you.