While dental technology and techniques have come a long way, reducing the need for invasive procedures, there are some issues that require complex care. Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is often used if you are faced with dental or skeletal issues that cannot be corrected with any other treatments. It is a broad term that refers to some different procedures that are used to fix more difficult or complex issues. At Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery, we can perform jaw surgery, which can then help to restore your oral health, your appearance, and your overall quality of life.
Do I Need Jaw Surgery?
Your mouth, including your jaw, is responsible for numerous essential daily functions. When your jaw, and the surrounding areas, are faced with an injury or another issue, the functions of your mouth are significantly impacted. Suddenly, basic functions like eating and speaking become more difficult, if not impossible. You may find it difficult even to open your mouth. When the health of your jaw is suffering, we may try a variety of different treatments. If none of these treatments prove effective, oral surgery may be recommended. Jaw surgery may be used for issues such as:
How Is Jaw Surgery Done?
Before undergoing surgery, you first need a comprehensive oral exam. This exam is performed to determine if surgery is the right course of action for you. Along with looking at the condition of your mouth, we also take x-rays and other images to get a complete picture of your mouth. These images can also aid in providing you with an effective, customized treatment plan.
Surgical procedures are done under local anesthetic and sedation. Sedation ranges in strength from minimal, under which you are completely conscious, but relaxed, to deep, which keeps you on the brink of unconsciousness. We may also recommend general anesthesia, which will keep you asleep during the procedure. Surgical procedures vary depending on what you need to be done and can take anywhere from one to several hours to complete.
Surgical procedures vary based on your needs. We start by making the necessary incisions in your soft tissues. We may add or remove bone; bone may be reshaped, plates and screws or wires may be used to stabilize your jaw. Once your procedure is complete, the area is cleaned, and your gums are sutured closed. You are then able to go home to begin the recovery process.
Benefits of Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery has several benefits, including:
With jaw surgery, we can correct a wide array of more difficult and complex dental and skeletal issues, which can then help to restore your oral health, your smile, and your quality of life. For more information, and to schedule your consultation, call Plymouth Ann Arbor Oral & Facial Surgery today at (734) 455-0710.