What is Jaw Surgery and Why Would I Need It?

Jaw surgery is a specific procedure used to correct or treat problems of the jaw. Jaw surgery can realign the jaws and teeth to improve how they work. Making these corrections may also improve your facial appearance. When orthodontics alone cannot resolve a problem, often jaw surgery can be used in conjunction with braces to fully correct any issues. What kinds of reasons might there be to have jaw surgery?

  1. Bite Problems

Jaw surgery can correct extreme problems with your bite that may not be able to be fully corrected with braces alone. Jaw surgery may be considered to repair

  • Biting and chewing problems caused by misalignment of the jaws
  • Bite closure issues; for example, when the molars touch but the front teeth do not
  • Bite issues resulting in excessive wear and tear on the teeth
  • Missing teeth with dental implants
  1. Problems with Jaw Mechanics

Sometimes the jaw does not function properly and the mechanical problems cause everyday difficulties that orthodontics alone cannot fix, like

  • Trouble swallowing
  • Trouble with speech
  • Lips that cannot close properly
  1. Cosmetic Concerns

Problems with the jaw can cause cosmetic abnormalities that cause both physical and social discomfort, as in 

  • Facial imbalances and asymmetries
  • Small chins
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  1. Reconstructive Needs

In certain cases, the jaw must be entirely reconstructed. Situations that require reconstructive surgery include 

  • Facial injuries that require repair
  • Birth defects that must be corrected
  1. Medical Reasons

Often there are medical reasons for jaw surgery, including

  • Sleep Apnea
  • Excessive snoring or drooling

If you have a condition that could be improved and are considering jaw surgery Orange Park FL provides excellent surgeons who are ready to partner with your dentist or orthodontist and fully correct any issues that you are dealing with. Contact your dental professional today to see if jaw surgery is right for you.