Jaw surgery can be recommended for a variety of reasons, such as fortifying your jawbone before dental implant placement or correcting trauma such as a crack or fracture in the bone. For patients who experience severe malocclusion, or bite misalignment, jaw surgery can also be combined with specialized orthodontic treatment to provide comprehensive bite realignment and improvement. Known as orthognathic surgery, this form of corrective jaw surgery may be necessary if your crooked teeth are the result of a congenital malformation or accidental trauma that causes your jawbone to grow asymmetrically.
The Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
Patients who undergo orthognathic surgery enjoy a number of benefits as a result of their procedure. With a properly aligned jawbone and teeth, your bite will function properly and comfortably, allowing you to smile confidently and eat the foods you love. Because your jawbone largely dictates the form and shape of your bite, correcting it with orthognathic surgery can provide significant improvement in virtually all aspects of your oral health.
Are You a Candidate?
To determine your candidacy for orthognathic surgery, your dentist or oral surgeon will perform a comprehensive examination using digital and 3D imaging equipment, such as X-rays and iCAT technology. The diagnostic imaging will help determine if your jawbone is damaged or misaligned, and if orthognathic surgery can help correct the issue. If you are a good candidate, then your dentist, oral surgeon, and orthodontic specialist will work closely with you to develop an appropriate treatment plan.