In most cases, problems with the bite or jaw alignment can be corrected with advanced dental technologies and procedures. However, there are some dental and skeletal irregularities that not even the most up-to-date procedures can remedy. In these cases, you may require orthognathic surgery with Miami Orthodontist Dr. Stephen Grussmark.
The Power of Corrective Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, more commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed in order to adjust jaw alignment. Corrective jaw surgery can treat a number of unhealthy and sometimes painful conditions, including:
- Overbite or underbite
- Cleft palate
- Malocclusions or bite problems
- Obstructive Sleep Apnea
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or biting
- Temporomandibular joint disorders or TMJ
- Facial imbalance
- Inability to fully open or close the mouth
- Facial trauma
Orthognathic Surgery and Braces
Depending on the patient’s situation, braces may be recommended in addition to orthognathic surgery. A lot of patients benefit from the use of braces, as they ensure a straighter smile as well as proper jaw alignment. Dr. Grussmark will work closely with your oral surgeon to make sure that your procedure works well with your treatment plan.
Orthognathic surgery is performed under general anesthesia, either in a hospital setting or in the operating space at the Centre for Braces. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, you may require an additional day or two in the hospital to recover.
A friend or family member will have to take you to and from the hospital, as you should not drive before or after the procedure.
Do You Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
If you feel that you might be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, don’t hesitate to ask us. While it may sound intimidating, this treatment can greatly improve your oral and overall health. Contact the Centre for Braces to schedule your obligation-free consultation.