|Corrective Jaw Surgery
Here at Rekos & Border Oral Surgery in Dublin, OH we want all of our patients to be comfortable and healthy, which can be hard to do if you suffer from issues with your jaw. Orthognathic surgery aims to fix problems with the jaw such as teeth that don’t fit together correctly. In situations where orthodontics, via braces or clear aligners, can’t fix teeth alignment issues, we may need to resort to a surgical solution to give our patient’s relief. This procedure can improve the appearance of the face, and can help with continued oral health for the rest of your life.
Who Are Candidates for Orthognathic Surgery?
Those who are best suited for orthognathic surgery have teeth alignment issues or jaw issues that orthodontia can’t fix. The surgery aims to permanently move the jaw into a position where it will permanently line up your bite. There are lots of ways that the jaw can come out of alignment, usually centered around the upper and lower jaws growing at different rates. Many people will have no problems during their childhood, and once they have a few growth spurts in their young adulthood, they will start to notice a problem.
Those who end up needing orthognathic surgery will usually experience at least a few of the following issues for an extended period:
Some of these symptoms can be present at birth and are linked to hereditary issues, others occur due to traumatic injury to the face, or jaw growth issues.
Jaw Surgery Consultation
Before orthognathic surgery, we will conduct an informational consultation with you to learn more about your issues, and educate you on what can be done to help you solve them. We will take some x-rays of your jaw, and may take digital impressions as well. Once we have all of the information we need on your current oral health, we will be able to create a treatment plan especially for you.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
We have found that by adopting the latest in proven dental technology, we can save our patient’s time and money in their orthognathic procedures. One of the best pieces of technology that we have at our disposal is the CEREC 3D imaging machine. This piece of dental technology allows us to take high definition, three-dimensional images of your mouth that we can use to build your treatment plan around. With these images, we can precisely determine the current state of your bone and soft tissue structures. Using this information we can much more easily determine what changes to make when we do perform the surgery, and we can execute the surgery with a higher degree of precision and confidence.
How is Jaw Surgery Done?
Surgical procedures are done under local anesthetic and sedation. Sedation ranges in strength from minimal sedation, under which you are completely conscious, but relaxed, to deep sedation, which keeps you on the brink of unconsciousness. We may also recommend general anesthesia, which will keep you asleep during the procedure. Surgical procedures vary depending on what you need to be done and can take anywhere from one to several hours to complete. Surgical procedures vary based on your needs. We start by making the necessary incisions in your soft tissues. We may add or remove bone; bone may be reshaped, plates and screws or wires may be used to stabilize your jaw. Once your procedure is complete, the area is cleaned, and your gums are sutured closed. You are then able to go home to begin the recovery process.
Bone grafting is an important part of restoring lost bone in the jaw, whether due to lost teeth or due to gum disease. Our dentist will use a donor’s bone, often taken from another source in your mouth or perhaps your hip. Artificial grafting materials may also be used. An incision will be made to expose the bone in your jaw. The donor bone will be grafted onto the bone in your jaw. The incision will be sutured shut and the healing process will begin. Your bone will begin to fuse with the bone graft, in a process known as osseointegration.
Do You Need A Bone Graft?
If you have lost one or more teeth, or you have been fighting gum disease, there are good chances that you will need to have a dental bone graft. When natural teeth are lost, the bone that once surrounded the root of the tooth will start to recede. Gum disease can also be responsible for the receding bone in the jaw. The loss of bone from just one or two teeth may not be initially noticeable. If you have lost multiple teeth, or you have had concerns with advanced gum disease, the loss of the bone can take a toll on the way that your face looks. Some may start to display signs of premature aging, with facial features that sag. In addition to helping with corrective jaw surgery, bone grafting can help to restore your facial appearance. It can also ensure that your dental implants stay in place, if you have them, once the procedure is completed.
Benefits of Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery has several benefits, including:
With jaw surgery, we can correct a wide array of more difficult and complex dental and skeletal issues, which can then help to restore your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. Our number one goal is to give you the confidence to smile that everyone deserves and a safe jaw surgery recovery.
Call us today at (614) 764-9455 to schedule an appointment.