Corrective jaw surgery is performed for patients with an improper bite where the jaws do not meet correctly. Misalignment of the jaws can cause physical problems such as excessive tooth wear, soreness of the facial muscles and jaw joints, and significantly contribute to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It is not uncommon for deformities to adversely affect self-esteem, especially in younger patients. Sometimes, the problem may be corrected without jaw surgery through the use of orthodontics. Depending on your specific condition, your orthodontist will want to work with Drs. Pitrowski and Goldberg to correct the bite surgically along with orthodontic treatment.
The overall goal of orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is to correct the functional problem with the jaw so that your ability to chew and speak are improved. This procedure also improves facial proportions and aesthetics, and if done correctly, also simultaneously improves the airway to lessen the maladies associated with sleep disordered breathing (OSA). Corrective jaw surgery has the following benefits:
- Improved speaking, eating, and respiratory function
- Enhanced facial appearance and balance of individual features
- Decreased treatment time than with orthodontics alone
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse of the bite
Drs. Goldberg and Pitrowski and the surgical staff at Coastal Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center are specially trained to perform corrective jaw surgery. They have been performing these procedures regularly for over 20 years and improving patients’ lives.
Why do I need corrective jaw surgery?
Misaligned jaws can cause numerous problems, including
- The inability to properly chew and grind food
- Digestive problems
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- Dental crowding, periodontal disease, and poor oral hygiene
- Excessive tooth wear with shorter tooth lifespan
- The inability to completely close the lips
- Mouth breathing
- Impaired speech
- Retruded or protruding jaw causing poor facial aesthetics
It is very important that irregularities of the jaw are diagnosed and treated early to reduce serious health risks and further deterioration of the teeth, bite, face, and airway.
Am I a candidate for corrective jaw surgery?
Many patients who are candidates for orthognathic surgery are already aware of the issue but do not know there is surgical treatment available. You may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery if you experience any of the following problems:
- Difficulty biting or chewing food
- Difficulty closing your lips comfortably
- Significantly protruding upper or lower jaw
- Receded chin
- Speech or breathing problems or even sleep apnea
If you think you may be a candidate or your orthodontist has recommended corrective jaw surgery, we encourage you to contact our office for an initial consultation. Dr. Pitrowski, Dr. Goldberg, and our well-trained office staff and skilled surgical team are happy to help provide the precise care specific to your diagnosis and make your experience as pleasant as possible.