What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?

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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