A dentist doesn’t merely treat your teeth—dental care involves addressing your overall oral health. Sometimes, that means treating issues affecting the jaw. If you have minor or major jaw issues, including misalignments, difficulty chewing, and skeletal damage resulting from a facial injury, your dentist may recommend corrective surgery.
Because corrective jaw surgery can address several different medical problems, the actual nature of the procedure will vary depending on your particular needs. That being said, it’s important to keep in mind from the start this type of treatment often takes months or even years to achieve its full effect. That’s because patients who are candidates for corrective jaw surgery typically need to wear braces or a similar orthodontic treatment for a period of time before the surgery.
Once they have properly diagnosed your particular condition, your dentist or orthodontist will let you know what the overall treatment will involve and what steps you may be required to take to ensure it’s as effective as possible.
A dentist typically recommends corrective jaw surgery when a patient has an improper bite, usually due to a misalignment of the teeth or jaws. While braces can often address these problems without the need for surgery, in some cases, a deformity necessitates further corrective action. Often, a person’s upper and lower jaws don’t grow at the same rate as one another. This may be caused by a birth defect.
During the procedure, the surgeon will adjust the bone in the jaw to address the specific needs of the patient. Sometimes, that means removing portions of bone, while at other times, it involves separating portions of bone and moving them.
After the treatment is complete, you can expect to chew more easily, have a more properly aligned smile, and enjoy restored facial balance. If you think you may be a good candidate, schedule an appointment with your dentist.
For more information, get in touch with Ronald B. Potthoff DDS, PC, offering quality dental care to patients in Montana’s Greater Flathead Valley region. At this office, you’ll be in the hands of helpful, compassionate professionals. Call (406) 755-5280 to learn about becoming a patient.