How Can Oral Surgery Improve Bite Function?

There are several instances that, if your oral health is ever faced with, can require more than routine dental care to address. Some of these involve the long-term health of your teeth and oral tissues, while others may have a bigger impact on your bite’s ability to function properly. In addition to preserving your teeth and keeping your oral tissues disease-free, your optimal oral health also depends on your bite’s function. Today, we examine a few ways in which the right surgical treatment may be able to help improve several areas of your bite function.

Making your jaw more symmetrical

Symmetry and alignment are vital to most of the structures that make up your bite and help promote its proper function. For instance, your teeth must be straight and properly aligned for your bite to properly distribute pressure evenly. Also, your jawbone, joints, and muscles must also be symmetrical and evenly aligned for your bite to open and close smoothly every time you bite and chew. If your jawbone is uneven, then your jaw will have to accommodate the unevenness every time you bite and chew. This may require corrective jawbone surgery to correct, allowing us to conservatively bolster and reshape the jawbone to achieve optimal symmetry and bite function.

Repairing oral or facial damage

Your bite’s ability to function properly can also be greatly impacted if you suffer an injury to the face and/or your oral structures. Facial trauma can lead to several different serious concerns, and oral surgery may be recommended to help repair damaged bone structure, tissues, and more. Whether you’ve recently suffered facial trauma or have dealt with it for a while, an appropriate, customized oral surgery plan may be able to help you correct the damage and restore your proper bite function, as well as a higher quality of life.

Restoring a full row of teeth

In addition to the alignment of your teeth, the  number of teeth you retain on both your upper and lower dental ridges are also vital to the quality of your bite function. If you’re missing one or more teeth, then your dental ridges can’t properly distribute or absorb the pressure of your bite. This can lead to several forms of bite dysfunction, or make them worse if already present, and the best way to mitigate the impact is to replace your lost teeth. With one or more surgically implanted posts, we can create an implant-supported restoration that not only fills in your smile but also provides lifelike support similar to healthy, natural teeth roots.

Can oral surgery improve your bite function?

Your bite’s ability to function properly relies on numerous different factors, and in some severe cases, oral surgery may be required to correct or improve it. To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.