When Jaw Surgery is Needed
Having a healthy jaw is very important because this impacts the way you chew and speak, as well as your appearance and your long-term oral health. When there are misalignments in the jaw, the jaws don’t meet properly, or there are other abnormalities caused by injury or birth defects, patients may be recommended for jaw surgery, which is also called orthognathic surgery. Oral surgeons undergo years of training, and Dr. Bobst is specially qualified to assess and treat jaw problems in patients of all ages.
Jaw Surgery Procedure
The first step for any oral surgery procedure is a consultation appointment, where Dr. Bobst will closely evaluate your condition and develop a treatment plan that is customized to your individual needs. This is also when X-rays and imaging are done so that Dr. Bobst can fully understand the structure of your teeth, mouth, and face from every angle. Every patient is different, and the specifics of your treatment may vary.
On the day of your jaw surgery, you will come in to our state-of-the-art oral surgery office in Boise, Idaho, where we have all of the necessary equipment and technology. Dr. Bobst will administer general anesthesia, which will put you completely to sleep so that you will not feel any discomfort or pain during your procedure. All oral surgeons undergo extensive training in the safe administration of IV sedation, so you are in excellent hands with Dr. Bobst and his team.
Dr. Bobst will make the necessary incisions in your mouth and sometimes additional incisions on the cheeks. The bones will be mobilized into the desired positions and fixed into place with plates and screws. Then, the surgical sites will be stitched closed, and you will rest comfortably in our recovery area until the anesthesia wears off and you can be driven home by your pre-arranged designated driver. You will be provided detailed pre- and post-operative instructions to guide you every step of the way, and our office staff is always here to answer your questions and address your concerns regarding treatment.
Do I need jaw surgery?
If you are experiencing any of the following difficulties, you may be a suitable candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty chewing or biting
- Problems swallowing
- Problems with speech
- If your molars touch but the front teeth don’t (open bite)
- Facial imbalance, such as a small chin, underbite, overbite, or crossbite
- Difficulty or discomfort when closing the lips
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Issues caused by facial trauma or birth defects
If you would like to learn more about how jaw surgery could benefit your facial structure or are concerned that your child may be in need of corrective jaw surgery, please contact our office at your earliest convenience to schedule a consultation. Dr. Bobst and his team look forward to getting to know you and developing a personalized treatment plan that will benefit your oral health.