Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure that can drastically change a patient’s life by improving the ability to eat, speak, and breathe. Oral surgeons undergo many additional years of training beyond dental school, making them the experts in these types of surgeries.
Do I Need Jaw Surgery?
It’s important to attend regular checkups with your dentist, who takes X-rays and scans to detect problems in your face, jaws, or teeth. Dentists detect problems and then refer you to an oral surgeon, like the highly skilled doctors at Greater Michigan Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. You may need jaw surgery if you experience:
- Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Facial imbalance because of a bone irregularity or birth defect.
- Difficulty biting and chewing food.
- A traumatic injury to the face.
- TMJ pain or disorder.
- Lips that do not close comfortably.
- An open bite, crossbite, underbite, or overbite.
What to Expect
Jaw surgery can drastically improve the way you live, and we make sure that our team involves you in every step of your journey with us. Your surgeon will administer general anesthesia, allowing you to sleep comfortably throughout the procedure. Oral surgeons undergo specialized training in the safe administration of anesthesia and sedation, so you can trust that you are in excellent hands with our experts.
Your surgeon may make small incisions to access the jaws, then reposition the bone into its proper place. They fasten the jaws into place with tiny screws or plates. Our practice provides detailed instructions to guide you through recovery. If you ever have questions, or would like to learn about how jaw surgery can help you, please call our office.