Often, issues with the growth and development of our jaw could mean the onset of some serious oral health issues, from tooth loss and misalignment to complications like TMJ disorder. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park, CA, oral surgeons explain how we help address these concerns with jaw surgery.
The Dangers of Poor Development
As we grow, our mouths go through major changes. From the loss of primary teeth to the eruption of permanent teeth, these gradual changes prepare our smiles for adulthood. However, through this process sometimes issue could arise that impact the growth of the jaw. These changes could alter the position of the teeth and oral structures, impacting how we chew food or even how well we speak. For others, these issues could cause misalignment that cannot be addressed with braces alone. For others, changes mean alter how we breathe during sleep, which could mean an increased risk of sleep apnea and other sleep disorders linked to poor quality of health, exhaustion, and even strains on your immune and cardiovascular systems. To prevent these complications and make major improvements to the beauty and function of your smile, you may need orthognathic surgery.
Planning Your Procedure
First, we will carefully examine your smile to assess the cause and severity of your oral health issues. With digital technology, we not only make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy, but also plan the procedure with great detail to ensure a comfortable and successful surgery that corrects your jaw problem without impacting the balance of your bite or causing issues with sensitive nerves or tissues in your jaw.
Jaw Surgery and Recovery
We begin with the administration of local anesthesia and sedation dentistry, including the deepest form available, IV sedation. A trained anesthesiologist will be on hand to monitor your vitals and sedation levels throughout the process, and carefully correct the function and balance of your smile. Following the procedure, you will likely work with an orthodontist to correct the positions of the teeth, often with braces or aligners being worn for between 18 and 24 months. Our patients have also noticed major esthetic benefit to surgery. Not only does their health improve, but so does the facial structure. If you have any questions about our approach to orthognathic surgery, then please contact our team today. We would love to schedule a consultation and start you on the road toward your best possible smile.
Do You Have Questions About Jaw Surgery?
We want to help you enjoy a healthy, even smile that lasts a lifetime. To learn more about how we approach extensive oral surgical procedures, or to schedule a consultation, call Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery in Santa Rosa, CA, today at 707-545-4625.