Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a transformative procedure that addresses jaw misalignment issues to improve both function and appearance.  

At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we specialize in providing comprehensive orthognathic surgery to help our patients achieve optimal oral health and a balanced facial profile. In this blog post, we will explain the reasons for undergoing corrective jaw surgery, the detailed process involved, and the numerous benefits it offers. 

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery 

Orthognathic surgery is recommended for patients who suffer from jaw misalignment that cannot be corrected with orthodontics alone. Here are some common reasons why this procedure might be considered: 

Functional Issues: 

  • Biting and Chewing Problems: Misaligned jaws can make it difficult to bite and chew food properly, impacting digestion. 
  • Speech Impairments: Jaw misalignment can cause speech problems, making it challenging to articulate words clearly. 
  • Breathing Issues: Conditions like sleep apnea can be mitigated by correcting the jaw structure to improve airway function. 
  • TMJ Disorders: Chronic jaw pain caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders can be alleviated through proper jaw alignment. 

Aesthetic Reasons: 

  • Facial Imbalance: Corrective jaw surgery can dramatically improve facial symmetry and proportion. 
  • Profile Enhancement: Realigning the jaw can significantly improve the facial profile, enhancing overall aesthetics and self-confidence. 

The Orthognathic Surgery Process 

Undergoing orthognathic surgery involves a series of carefully planned steps, coordinated between your oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) and orthodontist. Here’s an overview of the process: 

1. Consultation and Evaluation 

  • Initial Consultation: During your first visit to Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our team will review your medical and dental history, take X-rays, and create 3D models of your jaws and teeth. 
  • Personalized Treatment Plan: Development of a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs and goals. 

2. Pre-Surgical Orthodontics 

  • Braces Application: Typically, braces are applied 12-18 months before the surgery to move the teeth into a precise position. 
  • Regular Adjustments: Frequent visits to the orthodontist ensure that teeth are aligning correctly in preparation for surgery. 

3. Surgical Procedure 

  • General Anesthesia: The procedure is performed under general anesthesia for optimal comfort and safety. 
  • Jaw Realignment: The surgeon will make precise cuts to the jawbones and reposition them as needed. Plates, screws, or wires are used to secure the bones in their new positions. 
  • Recovery Period: Patients usually stay in the hospital for a few days post-surgery and will require several weeks of recovery at home. 

4. Post-Surgical Orthodontics 

  • Continued Orthodontic Treatment: Post-surgery, braces may remain on for an additional 6-12 months to fine-tune the alignment. 
  • Follow-Up Visits: Regular check-ups with your OMS and orthodontist are necessary to monitor healing and progress. 

Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery 

Undergoing orthognathic surgery provides numerous functional and aesthetic benefits, significantly improving the quality of life for patients. 

Functional Benefits: 

  • Enhanced Chewing and Biting: Correct alignment of the jaws allows for more efficient and comfortable chewing and biting, aiding in digestion and nutrition. 
  • Improved Speech: Many patients notice significant improvements in speech clarity following surgery. 
  • Better Breathing: Relieves airway obstructions and breathing-related issues such as sleep apnea, promoting overall health and better sleep. 
  • Reduced TMJ Pain: Alleviates chronic pain and discomfort associated with TMJ disorders by correcting the jaw alignment. 

Aesthetic Benefits: 

  • Improved Facial Harmony: Achieving a more symmetrical and balanced facial appearance. 
  • Boosted Confidence: Enhances self-esteem and confidence by improving facial aesthetics and overall appearance. 
  • Refined Jawline: Creates a more defined and attractive jawline, complementing other facial features. 

At Boise Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we are dedicated to providing exceptional orthognathic surgery with a focus on personalized care and superior results. If you are considering jaw alignment surgery, contact us at (208) 322-5522 or visit us at 7910 W Ustick Rd, Boise, ID 83704 to schedule your consultation. Enhance your functionality, aesthetics, and quality of life with our expert orthognathic surgical care!