Jaw surgery sounds scary, but it’s often needed to correct misalignment in the mouth. This procedure is performed when a person’s jaws don’t meet correctly or they experience persistent pain in their muscles and joints. The team of dental experts at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons have been providing surgical treatments for patients throughout Maryland and West Virginia, restoring their comfort and quality of life. Below, the team explains five common conditions that jaw surgery can resolve.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, also known as TMJ, causes pain in the muscles and joints that control jaw movement. This condition may make you grind your teeth at night, leading to headaches. Corrective jaw surgery is an effective TMJ treatment in severe cases, realigning your mouth to relieve your pain and prevent grinding.
Cosmetic Bite Correction
When your jaw protrudes, or isn’t aligned properly, your face might look disproportionate. Jaw surgery can correct an overbite or an underbite, improving the look of your smile.
An uneven jaw can interfere with your ability to chew. Surgical realignment allows patients to enjoy their meals safely. You’ll be able to chew thoroughly and without pain.
The alignment of your jaw affects the way you talk. Having jaw surgery can improve the clarity of your speech and may even prevent future impediments.
Having jaw surgery can help improve symptoms of certain breathing problems, such as sleep apnea or snoring. Many patients who have this procedure report a better night’s rest and more energy during the day.
If you think you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, contact the experts at Associated Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons for a consultation. Their dentists use state-of-the-art computer technology and 3-D models to plan your individualized procedure. Visit them online to learn how surgery can benefit you. To schedule an appointment, patients in Maryland can call (301) 733-2500 to reach the Hagerstown office or (301) 694-0870 to reach the Fredrick office. Patients in West Virginia can call the Martinsburg office at (304) 263-0091.