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Jaw misalignment can arise for many reasons, from simple underdevelopment or overdevelopment of the jaws to a facial injury. Many patients will first see an orthodontist to diagnose a bite problem. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, you may require advanced treatment.
- Chronic pain in the jaw
- Trouble with your bite
- Problems with chewing and swallowing
- Sleep apnea or difficulty breathing
- Complications with opening or closing your mouth
We suggest scheduling an appointment with one of our expert oral surgeons if you are experiencing any of the complications above. Your consultation will allow our team to examine your jaw and oral function and determine if jaw surgery is the correct step in preserving your oral health. You may require adjustment of just the lower jaw, just the upper jaw, or both jaws to create your new bite. We will discuss all of your treatment options and develop a plan that restores your oral health and function.
Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery is a transformational procedure for many patients. Every patient’s treatment process is different based on their condition, but all enjoy a broad range of benefits once complete. Some of the most common benefits in receiving orthognathic surgery include the following:
- Improved function to eat and drink your favorite foods and beverages
- Reduced pain and discomfort in the jaw bones
- Boost in self-confidence to smile
- New and improved facial features
Some of the most dramatic changes we see in our office are a result of corrective jaw surgery, and we love to see our patients restore their oral function, comfort, and smile.
Corrective Jaw Surgery Treatment
If we determine that corrective jaw surgery is right for you, we will work jointly with your orthodontist to complete the treatment. First, braces are used to prepare your teeth and mouth for the new alignment. Most patients will wear braces for the entirety of the treatment. Next, your surgeon will surgically move the jaw into the new alignment and secure the bone into its new position using very small plates and screws. Patients undergo a period of healing following surgery and are required to adhere to a soft foods diet. We will provide you will all of the post-operative care instructions before your appointment to ensure an optimal and efficient recovery. Once healed, your orthodontist will complete the final fine adjustments to the bite.
Jaw Surgery in Cincinnati, OH
At Cincinnati Oral, Maxillofacial & Dental Implant Surgery, our staff is happy to assist you with any scheduling for your first visit to the practice and to set up your consultation. We have three convenient office locations throughout the Cincinnati metro area and work with skilled orthodontists to complete this treatment.