Orthognathic surgery is a procedure designed to help correct the symmetry, balance, and strength of your jaw. This could address facial trauma, or correct issues that occurred as the smile grew and developed. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral and maxillofacial surgeons talk about how we use surgery to improve smiles!
When Smiles Need Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery is necessary to address problems with the balance and position of the jaw that could develop due to complications with the growth of the smile. This could also occur due to serious injury and facial trauma. Treatment could help prevent complications like TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding), and could even ensure better night time brushing, limiting the risk of sleep apnea as well. When you have poor balance in your smile, then you should consider contacting our team right away!
Planning and Sedation
We will first take detailed CT images of your smile with digital technology, so we can make a diagnosis with precision and accuracy. We then plan the procedure in detail. To keep you comfortable throughout the procedure itself, we can not only administer a local anesthetic to the areas being treated, but also offer sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state with little to no memory of the procedure at al. Afterward, we can provide detailed instructions and prescriptions for medication to ensure the jaw heals properly and you see optimal results.
Improving Oral Health
Our team has experience with surgery to improve bite balance and function, and we know how to rebuild the smile in a way that not only addresses health and function, but smile beauty as well. In fact, our doctors are also on the Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital Trauma Team! With this surgery, we can lengthen or shorten the jaws as needed, or move them up and down, or in and out. We can rebuild weakened portions with grafting or sinus lifts, and insert dental implants to replace missing teeth and help stimulate the growth of jawbone structure to keep your youthful features intact. Following treatment, you can work with an orthodontist to complete the fine touches on your smile.
If you have any questions about our approach to orthognathic surgery, then contact our team today to learn more. Remember, a visit now is a chance to use your remaining 2022 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December.
Do You Have Questions About Treating Uneven Jaws?
Our team is ready to correct issues following injury or other factors with quality oral surgery. If you would like to learn more about how we improve the overall balance and health of your smile, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling 707-545-4625.