When Your Jaw Needs Corrective Surgery

santa rosa jaw surgeryIf you have an imbalanced bite, this could impact how you eat and even lead to issues with your smile’s appearance. The imbalance and strain could also leave you vulnerable to poorer oral health. Which is why our team may recommend a solution with orthognathic surgery. In today’s blog, your Santa Rosa , CA, oral surgeons talk about corrective jaw surgery.

The Factors Behind an Imbalanced Bite and Poor Oral Health

The issues with the balance of your jaw could be due to natural complications with jaw growth or the eruption of your teeth. But injury could also be a factor! When we have poor balance in our bite, this could impact the appearance of the facial structure. In addition, this could impact how easily you can eat and speak and could also lead to repeated complications like TMJ disorder or bruxism (teeth grinding) both of which can cause painful symptoms and risk damage to your teeth, which in turn means a greater risk of cavities and infection. While sometimes orthodontics can correct these issues, in some cases abnormal growth and serious injuries mean surgery is needed to reposition the smile and allow orthodontic treatment to continue.

Planning Your Orthognathic Surgery

To get started, we will conduct a detailed examination of your smile with digital x-rays and intraoral cameras to assess the position of your jaw joints and the factors behind your imbalance and damage. We then plan the treatment with precision and accuracy, so we can offer results that not only improve your bite, but also offer improvements for your facial esthetics as well. We want you to feel confident in your results, and to enjoy better oral health and overall quality of life. If you have anxiety about undergoing oral surgery we understand, and in addition to administering a local anesthesia, we also have sedation to help you enter a calm and relaxed state, with little to no memory of the procedure. Even those with special needs or dental anxiety can receive jaw surgery in a comfortable and relaxed manner, so they enjoy a positive experience in our office and results that offer their best smiles.

Surgery and Aftercare

Our team will work alongside your general dentist and orthodontist, so that we can continue treatment seamlessly once your surgery is completed. The procedure will allow us to reposition the jaw, moving them in or out, or up and down as needed. Once we complete the procedure, we will offer detailed aftercare instructions and check in with follow-up appointments to make sure the treated area is healing properly. You may then continue treatment with your orthodontist, who will put the final touches on your smile to address misalignment and imbalance.

Schedule a Surgical Consultation With Our Team

Our team wants to help you enjoy better oral health and a more attractive smile. If you would like to learn more about our approach to oral surgery and smile improvement, then contact your Santa Rosa, CA, oral surgeons by calling (707)545-4625.