Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is a specialized procedure designed to address a range of jaw misalignment issues. At Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we provide leading oral and maxillofacial surgical services across six convenient locations.

In this blog post, we explain the reasons for undergoing orthognathic surgery, the detailed process, and the numerous benefits this transformative procedure offers.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is recommended for patients with significant jaw misalignment that cannot be corrected through orthodontics alone. Here are some common reasons why this surgery might be considered:

Functional Issues

  • Biting and Chewing Difficulties: Misaligned jaws can make it challenging to bite and chew food effectively, potentially leading to digestive issues.
  • Speech Problems: Jaw misalignment can cause speech impediments, affecting communication.
  • Breathing Challenges: Proper airway function can be compromised by jaw misalignment, potentially causing problems such as sleep apnea.
  • TMJ Disorders: Misaligned jaws can contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, leading to chronic jaw pain and discomfort.

Aesthetic Reasons

  • Facial Imbalance: Orthognathic surgery can significantly enhance facial symmetry and balance.
  • Profile Enhancement: Adjusting jaw alignment can improve the overall facial profile, boosting self-confidence.

The Orthognathic Surgery Process

Orthognathic surgery involves a well-coordinated plan that requires expertise from your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and orthodontist. Here is a comprehensive look at the process:

  1. Consultation and Evaluation
  • Initial Consultation: During your first visit to Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center, our team will assess your dental and medical history, take X-rays, and create 3D models of your teeth and jaws.
  • Customized Treatment Plan: A personalized treatment plan will be developed to address your specific needs and goals.
  1. Pre-Surgical Orthodontics
  • Applying Braces: Braces are typically applied 12-18 months prior to surgery to move the teeth into the correct position in preparation for the procedure.
  • Orthodontic Adjustments: Regular visits to your orthodontist will ensure your teeth are aligning properly according to the treatment plan.
  1. Surgical Procedure
  • General Anesthesia: The surgery is performed under general anesthesia to ensure patient comfort and safety.
  • Jaw Realignment: The oral surgeon will make precise cuts in the jawbones and reposition them according to the treatment plan. Plates, screws, or wires are used to stabilize the bones in their new position.
  • Recovery: Patients typically stay in the hospital for a few days after the surgery and will require several weeks for initial recovery at home.
  1. Post-Surgical Orthodontics
  • Continued Orthodontic Treatment: After the initial healing period, braces remain on for an additional 6-12 months to ensure the teeth are properly aligned.
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups with your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and orthodontist are essential to monitor healing and progress.

Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery offers a multitude of functional and aesthetic benefits, enhancing the quality of life for many patients.

Functional Benefits

  • Improved Chewing and Biting: Proper jaw alignment allows for more efficient and comfortable chewing and biting, aiding in digestion and nutrition.
  • Enhanced Speech: Many patients experience clearer speech and improved articulation following surgery.
  • Better Breathing: Relieves airway obstructions, improving breathing patterns and reducing sleep apnea symptoms.
  • Reduced TMJ Pain: Proper alignment can alleviate chronic pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders.

Aesthetic Benefits

  • Facial Symmetry: Achieves a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing facial appearance.
  • Boost in Confidence: Many patients experience increased self-esteem and confidence following the enhancement of their facial profile.
  • Defined Jawline: Aligning the jaw creates a more defined and attractive jawline, complementing other facial features.

At Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center, we are dedicated to providing exceptional orthognathic surgery with a patient-centric approach. If you are considering jaw alignment surgery, contact us to schedule your consultation. Enhance your functionality and aesthetics with our expert orthognathic surgical care.

Summit Oral Surgery and Implant Center Locations:

  • Billings, MT: 625 Henry Chapple St, Billings, MT 59106
  • Cody, WY: 613 Yellowstone Avenue, Cody, WY 82414
  • Gillette, WY: 610 West 4-J Court, Gillette, WY 82716
  • Miles City, MT: 205 S. Haynes, Miles City, MT 59301
  • Powell, WY: 270 North Evarts St, Powell, WY 82435
  • Sheridan, WY: 523 Val Vista St, Sheridan, WY 82801

Contact us today to take the first step toward a healthier, more balanced smile.