Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is a procedure commonly performed for patients whose jaws do not meet correctly, creating an improper bite and misalignment of the jaw. For some, the problem can be corrected without jaw surgery by their orthodontist. If the problem is severe, the orthodontist will need to work with an oral surgeon to correct the bite with orthognathic surgery.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
A number of problems affecting the mouth and facial structure can be caused by misaligned jaws, including
- The inability to properly chew and grind food
- Digestive problems
- Dental crowding
- Poor oral hygiene
- Increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease
- Shorter tooth lifespan
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- The inability to fully close the lips
- Heavy breathing
- Impaired speech function
- Poor facial aesthetics
Many of these problems can have serious consequences for the overall health of the mouth and face. Therefore, early diagnosis and treatment of any disharmonies of the jaw are important to reduce the risks of this condition.
While the goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the function of the jaw, this procedure also results in improved aesthetics and facial proportions. Patients who elect to undergo corrective jaw surgery can expect to experience several benefits, including
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse
- Enhanced facial harmony, balance, and aesthetic appearance
- Minimal treatment time
The doctors and surgical staff at Gainesville Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery are uniquely trained and proficient in performing corrective surgery. They enjoy seeing the positive transformations and results that follow orthognathic treatment.
Am I a candidate for corrective jaw surgery?
Many patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery are already aware of the issue in advance; however, they are unaware that there is a procedure to treat their problem. If you experience any of the following problems, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Speech problems, breathing problems, or sleep apnea
- Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Receding chin
- Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
If you think that you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for an initial consultation. Dr. Simonton has undergone extensive surgical training and education which makes him uniquely qualified to examine and treat abnormalities of the facial skeleton. If he determines you are a candidate, he will work hand in hand with your orthodontist to plan and execute your procedure.
When you elect to undergo orthognathic surgery, your orthodontist will prepare your teeth and jaw for the surgical procedure with braces. Dr. Simonton will then separate your jaw, move it to its new permanent position, and secure it in place. After surgery, your orthodontist will make any small, fine corrections needed to finish the bite before removing your braces.
If you think you may need orthognathic surgery, we invite you to schedule a consultation at one of our office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA. Our well-trained office staff and highly skilled surgical team are happy to help in any way possible to restore your oral function to achieve a positive result.
Where can I get corrective jaw surgery near Gainesville, GA?
Oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Fred Simonton, is a specialist in providing solutions for the treatment of complex oral and dental health problems, including corrective jaw surgery also known as orthognathic surgery. With two office locations in Gainesville and Watkinsville, GA, Dr. Simonton and his staff serve a wide region, including cities in Georgia as well as cities in South Carolina and North Carolina.