Corrective Jaw Surgery
The purpose of orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) is to align your teeth and your jaw to not only improve your appearance, but also to improve the function and health of the jaw itself. There are many conditions that can require jaw surgery, and we at Murphy OMS only discuss some of the most common conditions on our website. Contact us today at (970) 420-6848 and let a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon help you determine the state of your jaw health.
The primary reason to have corrective jaw surgery is to correct a functional or health problem. There are a broad range of orthognathic conditions which jaw surgery can correct to include degeneration of the jaw bone, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, misaligned bite (malocclusion problems), airway defects, and other jaw growth problems that cannot be corrected by braces alone.
Do You Need Corrective Jaw Surgery in Fort Collins, CO?
Corrective jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct a multitude of skeletal and dental problems to improve the health of your jaw and teeth. This in turn can help improve your speech, breathing, and ability to chew. Whether or not you need corrective jaw surgery is dependent on the diagnosis of a multidisciplinary team to include your dentist, orthodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The following is a brief list of symptoms corrective jaw surgery can cure:
- Difficulty chewing food properly
- Chronic headaches or jaw pain
- Underbite or significant overbite
- Protruding jaw bone
- Mouth breathing (dry mouth)
- Sleep Apnea (snoring and breathing problems when sleeping)
- Uneven appearance of the jaw
- Cleft palate
- Open bite
- Misaligned and impacted teeth
- Difficulty swallowing
- Airway defects
- Soft tissue cysts or infections
Corrective Jaw Surgery Procedure
The specific procedures used in your case are dependent on your condition. Often before the surgery it is important for your orthodontist to align your teeth using braces. During this process your bite may seem off because your teeth are being repositioned so that they fit together properly after the surgery. Depending on the specifics of your case, you may be advised at this time that your wisdom teeth need to be removed as well. X-Rays, pictures, and models may also be gathered at this time to aid the oral and maxillofacial surgeon in his work.
Corrective jaw surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia in the Murphy OMS Surgical Center or hospital. Prior to surgery, we will review your medical history and complete further physical examinations. A consultation with the anesthesiologist may also be required. While we typically recommend that our patient refrain from eating or drinking anything after midnight on the night prior to the surgery, special instructions may also be given. The duration of the surgery procedure itself is dependent on the nature of your procedure, but Dr. Murphy will give you an approximate time estimate given your case.
After the operation you will be prescribed a all-liquid diet. After a while, you can move to soft food and then hard. Diet is important after surgery, as keeping your body and immune system well sustained accelerates healing. Drinking plenty of fluids also aids recovery. Post-surgical swelling is typical and usually lasts anywhere from two to three days, but can last longer depending on the procedure. You will be prescribed pain medication and antibiotics to manage the pain and ward off infection. Some swelling or bruising may last for weeks or even months. It is important to keep your oral and maxillofacial surgeon informed should this occur.
Murphy OMS will follow up with you for checkups frequently to monitor your healing process, check for infection, and ensure that nothing has shifted in place.