What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery, also known as “orthognathic” surgery, is used to correct minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities. When the upper and lower jaws grow at different rates, a variety of functional problems may occur. Realignment of the jaws and teeth can improve such functions.
Corrective jaw surgery moves your teeth and jaws into positions that are more balanced and functional. Although the goal of this surgery is to improve bite and function, some experience enhancements to their physical appearance and speech.
Corrective jaw surgery is only part of the process of improving misaligned jawbones. Preparation for surgery starts with the placement of braces. Orthodontics is usually required before and after surgery. Your orthodontist will arrange the teeth into better alignment and allow them to fit after the jaw surgery.
Who is in need of Corrective Jaw Surgery?
The decision to undergo corrective jaw surgery is a long-term commitment. Our surgeons in Peoria, Galesburg and Macomb work closely with your orthodontist to make every effort to accurately estimate the time required to complete the process.
The following conditions may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Facial injury or birth defects
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Schedule a corrective jaw surgery consultation by contacting our offices in Peoria, Galesburg and Macomb.