Corrective Jaw Surgery
Do you have chronic pain in your jaw? Do you have difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing? Have you noticed that your chin sticks out or is receding?
If you answered yes to any of these, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. Also known as orthognathic surgery, jaw surgery is a surgical procedure that is used to correct misalignments in a patient’s jaws and/or teeth. Often used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to align the teeth, jaw surgery can improve speech, appearance, chewing, and overall comfort throughout your life.
At Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, we are happy to provide a corrective jaw surgery consultation to determine whether surgery is right for you. If your dentist has referred you for orthognathic surgery, simply get in touch with our office to schedule a no-commitment consultation and learn more about the process. We’re happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have, and we’ll help you make the best decision for your oral health.
When Is Orthognathic Surgery Needed?
Jaws can become misaligned for a range of reasons, from facial trauma to natural growth. Since jaws grow gradually and sometimes at different rates, the upper and lower jaw can sometimes become misaligned, contributing to problems chewing, speaking, and relaxing. The jaw can also be thrown out of alignment due to facial trauma, such as a major fall or an impact while playing sports.
If you notice problems with any of the following, come to our office for a corrective jaw surgery consultation:
- Difficulty eating while chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Problems with your speech or difficulty forming certain sounds
- Open bite
- Excessive wear on the surfaces of your teeth
- Receding chin positioning
- Protruding jaw
- Problems breathing, such as sleep apnea
- Chronic jaw pain or TMJ pain
Any of these symptoms may indicate that you have a misaligned jaw. Corrective jaw surgery can treat these symptoms by moving your jaws and teeth into a new position that is more comfortable, functional, healthy, and attractive.
What to Expect from a Jaw Surgery Consultation
When you come to Oral Surgery on Merivale in Ottawa, ON, for a consultation on jaw surgery, our team will perform a thorough examination and answer any and all questions you may have about the procedure. Most patients see us for corrective jaw surgery based on a recommendation from their orthodontist, dentist, or doctor following a sleep study assessment.
During a consultation, we will first perform a complete examination that includes developing models and digital imaging of your jaw structure. We’ll work to understand how your jaw is positioned and what type of correction would be necessary for improved function and treatment of symptoms. From there, we’ll discuss the procedure with you and cover all of your options. You will get to ask any questions you may have and make decisions on what type of treatment you want to pursue. If you decide to move forward with surgery, we will then set up a surgery schedule.