When jaws do not line up properly or when teeth do not fit, patients may need corrective jaw surgery and orthodontics. Jaw surgery can correct numerous minor and major skeletal and dental irregularities, allowing patients to experience improved chewing, speaking, and breathing.
How to Know Surgery May Be Needed
The following conditions indicate that you should seek consultation from an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to determine a plan for correction:
- Speech or breathing problems
- Chewing, biting, or swallowing problems
- Chronic jaw pain
- Protruding jaw
- Open bite
- Receding chin
- Sleep apnea
- Excessive wear on teeth
When you visit our experienced expert surgeons for an exam, we will consult with you, take x-rays, and perform a complete examination. We will show you three-dimensional models on our cutting-edge computer programs to help you understand the surgical process. Drs. Omlie, Haas, Gulbrandsen, Tidstrom, Stich, Kurtzman, Pearson, Sundick, Neuner, McMahon, and Spanel are dedicated to your comfort and surgical success.
Making a Plan
Our surgeons will determine what kind of corrective surgical procedure you need, and then create a care team that includes your dentist and orthodontist to ensure the best treatment plan for your specific needs. Together, we will talk about expectations and timelines, all communicating and working toward the best solution for you.
Once you are fully recovered from your jaw surgery, your teeth will fit together correctly. Your jaw will be in position to be more balanced, functional, and healthy. As an added benefit, it is likely that you will experience positive enhancements to your speech and appearance.