Posts for tag: Corrective Jaw Surgery

By Pasadena Dental Implants Peter G. Cooper, DDS
August 23, 2017
Category: Surgery

If left untreated, jaw issues can begin affecting everyday activities like eating or speaking. When more conservative treatments fail toCorrective Jaw Surgery produce results, your dentist may suggest corrective jaw surgery. But what conditions call for these procedures? Do you need corrective jaw surgery? Find out with Dr. Peter Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA.

What conditions can corrective jaw surgery treat? 
Corrective jaw surgery is normally only recommended after other, less invasive treatments have failed. Some of the most common conditions treated by corrective jaw surgery include temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, involuntary mouth breathing, birth defects or deformities. Though jaw surgery is a major surgery requiring general anesthesia, it is a safe, effective procedure which can take care of your jaw-related issues once and for all.

Do I need corrective jaw surgery? 
Determining if you require corrective jaw surgery will depend on your symptoms, overall general and dental condition, and other treatments you have tried which have failed. Your dentist will use imaging technology like x-rays or MRIs to assess the condition of your jaw. A physical examination will also help your dentist decide if this is the best treatment path for you. Some of the most common reasons for jaw surgery include difficulty eating, chewing, or swallowing, birth defects, injury, sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, unbalanced facial appearance, or a protruding jaw.

Corrective Jaw Surgery in Pasadena, CA
Depending on your reason for getting corrective jaw surgery and whether the surgery is orthodontic or skeletal in nature, the procedure can greatly affect your facial appearance or help relieve chronic pain and discomfort. Your dentist will work together with you and your oral surgeon to put you on the best path to overcoming your condition and recovery. Some conditions may require other treatments alongside, before or after jaw surgery, such as orthodontic treatment.

For more information on corrective jaw surgery or the conditions which prompt it, please contact Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants in Pasadena, CA. Call (626) 796-1241 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Cooper today!

By Pasadena Dental Implants
August 05, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Has a birth defect, medical condition or trauma affected your jaw alignment to the point where your quality of life is suffering? If so, it may be time to visit Peter G. Cooper, DDS at Pasadena Dental Implants to discuss the possibility of corrective jaw surgery, or oral Corrective Jaw Surgerysurgery.

What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery is a surgical procedure designed to treat functional problems resulting from the misalignment of the jaws or teeth.

What Problems Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Treat?

Corrective jaw surgery can be used to treat structural imperfections that have been caused by genetics, birth defects, certain medical conditions, and trauma. These problems may include issues such as chronic jaw pain, difficulty chewing, swallowing or breathing, excessive wear of the teeth, and sleep apnea. Oral surgery can also be used to help the upper and lower jaw come together more naturally for a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing fit.

How Do I Know If I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery is an invasive surgical procedure, so Dr. Cooper will not likely recommend it unless it is absolutely necessary. If you have one or more of the symptoms listed above, you have had them for a while, your symptoms are severe and interfere with your daily life, and other treatment methods have failed, your Pasadena dentist Dr. Cooper may recommend oral surgery. You will need to set up an appointment to know for sure, however.

What is the Procedure for Corrective Jaw Surgery?

If Dr. Cooper does recommend corrective jaw surgery, you will likely begin the process by wearing a set of braces. This will help move your teeth into proper alignment in order to prepare for the surgery. You may feel as though your bite is worsening during this time, but rest assured this is normal. Your teeth will be properly aligned after your surgery.

Once your teeth are in their new alignment, you will undergo the procedure under general anesthesia in a hospital or other surgical center. The exact procedure will vary depending on what problems you need to have corrected, so be sure to talk to your doctor to find out exactly what your procedure will entail.

An invasive procedure with a substantial recovery time, corrective jaw surgery is not a procedure that is recommended lightly. If you are currently suffering due to a misaligned jaw, however, oral surgery may be just what you need to restore proper dental function once again.

If you think you may be a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery, call Dr. Cooper at Pasadena Dental Implants and set up an appointment for an oral surgery consultation today.

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