Orthognathic Surgery

Orthodontic Treatments In Paris and Camden, TN

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As your providers of braces and Invisalign in and around Paris, TN, we at McClain Orthodontics don’t just want to give you a better-looking smile – 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 Orthognathic Surgery?

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, these problems can be remedied and the appearance of the face can be improved as well.

What Conditions Can Orthognathic Surgery Treat?

There are a number of different conditions that orthognathic surgery is capable of treating. Some of these conditions include the following:

  • 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

About the Orthognathic Surgery Process

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. 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.

The surgery will take at least an hour to complete and will be performed under general anesthesia. Your orthodontist will reposition your jawbone based on your needs; bone may end up being added, taken away, or just reshaped. If needed, surgical plates, wires, screws, or rubber bands may be used to keep your jaw in its new position. Also, incisions are sometimes made to reduce any visible scarring.

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!