Orthognathic Surgery

What Is Orthognathic Surgery?

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Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is used to treat abnormalities of the teeth, jaws, and other facial bones. Having abnormalities in these areas can often cause problems with talking, chewing, sleeping, and other basic activities. With the help of orthognathic surgery, any physical conditions can be remedied, and it can even improve the appearance of the face.

What Conditions Can Orthognathic Surgery Treat?

There are a number of different conditions treatable by orthognathic surgery. Each case is different, so it’s best to determine your specific needs in-person. You can do this by creating an appointment request. In the meantime, consider the following conditions you may have.

Conditions Treated By Orthognathic Surgery

  • Difficulty in chewing food and swallowing
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Receding chin
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint) pain
  • Excessively worn tooth enamel
  • Facial injury
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

Treatment Offered at McClain Orthodontics

At our offices in Camden and Paris, TN, we strive to not only give you a better-looking smile, but we want to give you a healthier and more functional bite as well. While braces and Invisalign can fix some orthodontic problems and give you a more beautiful smile, they can’t always correct every problem related to the teeth and jaws. In these circumstances, we may need to recommend orthognathic surgery for a patient.

What is the Orthognathic Surgery Process?

Here is an overview regarding the process of corrective jaw surgery.

  1. Before your orthognathic surgery begins, braces will be used to move your teeth into a new position. It may seem like your teeth are shifting into a worse position, but this is simply because your jaw will be repositioned during surgery; afterward, your teeth should look aligned again.
  2. When the orthodontic treatment is nearly finished, your orthodontist will take updated x-rays, models, and pictures of your teeth to help guide the surgery.
  3. The surgery will take at least an hour to complete and will be performed under general anesthesia.
  4. Your orthodontist will reposition your jawbone based on your needs; bone may end up being added, taken away, or just reshaped.
  5. If needed, surgical plates, wires, screws, or rubber bands may be used to keep your jaw in its new position. zincisions are sometimes made to reduce any visible scarring.
  6. The recovery process begins.

Recovering from Orthognathic Surgery

When the surgery is completed, your orthodontist will give you instructions for a modified diet as well as a timetable for when you can transition back to your regular diet. You’ll likely also be asked to avoid any strenuous physical activity and avoid any tobacco. If you feel any pain, it can be easily managed with medication. Complete healing of the jaw will take somewhere between nine or 12 months, though you should be able to return to work or school after about a week or two after surgery.

Contact Your Paris, TN Orthodontist!

Interested in learning more about orthognathic surgery or any of our orthodontic treatments such as braces or Invisalign? We encourage you to contact us today and let us know. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist, feel free to give us a call at (731) 644-9311. We look forward to hearing from you!