Jaw Surgery

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My Orthodontist

Orthodontists located in Lawrenceville, Bayonne, Cherry Hill, Deptford Township, East Orange, Medford, Paterson, and West New York, NJ & Langhorne, PA

If you have an orthodontic condition that requires more in-depth treatment, schedule a consultation for jaw surgery with the experts at My Orthodontist. The practice is a trusted provider of exceptional jaw surgeries, with nine offices conveniently located across New Jersey in Deptford Township, Lawrenceville, Medford, Bayonne, West New York, West Orange, Cherry Hill, and Paterson, and in Langhorne, Pennsylvania. Improve your smile today by calling one of the offices or booking a visit online.

Jaw Surgery Q & A

What is jaw surgery?

Orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) is the process of surgically moving the position and alignment of your jaws to optimize the function of your smile. Because moving your jaws also moves your teeth, jaw surgery is typically done along side orthodontic treatment to ensure that your entire smile is healthy and beautiful after your surgery. 

Do I need jaw surgery?

The most common reason patients need jaw surgery is misalignment that results from your upper and lower jaw having grown and developed at different rates. Some of the more common conditions that indicate you might need jaw surgery include:

  • Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Dry mouth and chronic mouth breathing
  • Trouble closing your lips completely
  • A protruding jaw or receding chin
  • Asymmetrical facial appearance, facial injuries, or birth defects
  • Open bite
  • Worn-down tooth surfaces
  • Chronic pain in your jaw or jaw joint (TMJ)

While some of these conditions might be treatable with orthodontic procedures, some cases might benefit from corrective jaw surgery.

What are the benefits of jaw surgery?

While there are many different types of jaw surgeries, each with their own unique set of benefits, jaw surgery, in general, can improve your:

  • Ability to speak and chew
  • Breathing
  • Facial appearance

A properly aligned jaw also improves your overall oral health. By evenly distributing the force in your bite, a postsurgical jaw can leave you less likely to develop temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and can prevent excessive wear and tear on your smile.

What is involved in jaw surgery?

The particulars of your jaw surgery depend on the condition you’re being treated for, but there are a few common steps with every jaw surgery.

Your jaw surgery begins with a collaborative consultation between your orthodontist, your oral surgeon, and your family dentist to determine your individualized treatment plan. Your treatment plan is designed using the latest dental technology, including 3D diagnostic images and state-of-the-art computer software. In many cases, your orthodontist can show you a projection of how your smile will look after your treatment.

Your actual surgery takes place either in a hospital or an office setting, and typically utilizes anesthesia. You might need to go back to the hospital for follow-up visits with your oral surgeon. 

After your surgery, your orthodontist recommends over-the-counter pain medication or prescribes medication to keep your swelling and discomfort under control. You typically need to switch to a soft or liquid diet while you heal from your surgery. Your orthodontist, oral surgeon, and dentist monitor you closely after your treatment to ensure that your jaw heals properly and that your surgery results in a beautiful and healthy smile.

Improve your smile today by scheduling a jaw surgery consultation with My Orthodontist. You can book your visit by calling the office or using the online tool.