Biting, chewing, and speaking with a misaligned jaw can cause neck pain, tooth deterioration, and TMJ symptoms. Jaw misalignment can also affect your facial appearance and this will only get worse as you age. Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is performed by oral and maxillofacial surgeons to restore a proper bite and can improve overall oral health. When your teeth are out of alignment or you have a protruding jaw, jaw surgery and other oral surgery procedures to reposition the jaw and restore balance may be recommended.
Do I Really Need Jaw Surgery?
Some people do not even realize that their jaws are out of alignment until they experience chronic pain around the jaw, have frequent headaches and migraines, or have difficulty breathing. Since jaw growth occurs very gradually, even minor shifts and changes can cause functional problems. Without proper treatment at the right time, these problems can become so severe that they interfere with your quality of life.
Some of the warning signs of misalignment include:
• Difficulty biting and chewing food properly
• Issues with swallowing
• Chronic neck pain
• Difficulty opening the mouth wide
• Breathing problems
• Protruding jaw
• Open bite
• Problems speaking clearly
Oral Surgery Can Restore Your Oral Health
Correcting jaw misalignment as soon as it is detected is critical for maintaining optimal oral health. Misalignment can cause chronic pain around the neck and jaw area, TMJ, speech problems, and a number of other health issues. For patients who have trauma to the face and neck after an accident, and to those who were born with a birth defect jaw surgery and other oral surgery procedures are often recommended by doctors and dentists.
Some of the top benefits of undergoing jaw surgery include:
• Balanced and functional bite
• Less wear on the teeth over time
• Improved facial profile
• Improvement in speech
• Restoration of chewing abilities
If your jaw has shifted and changed over time, you may need some orthodontic work in conjunction with surgical procedures to restore proper functioning of the jaw and mouth. Teeth straightening treatments combined with oral surgery can correct bite problems and reduce pain and other symptoms you may have.
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of jaw misalignment, schedule a jaw surgery consultation with our oral and maxillofacial surgeon today.