Correcting the Position of Your Jaw
Issues with your bite or jaw alignment can usually be corrected with advanced dental technologies and procedures, such as traditional metal braces, Invisalign, or an oral appliance such as a retainer.
But in some cases, Dr. Grussmark will determine that orthognathic surgery is your best course of action to achieve a healthy and attractive smile.
The Power of Corrective Jaw Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, more commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed in order to adjust the alignment of your jaw. Corrective jaw surgery can be used to treat a number of unhealthy and sometimes painful conditions, including:
- Overbite or underbite
- Cleft palate
- Malocclusions or bite problems
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Difficulty chewing, swallowing or biting
- Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD)
- Facial imbalance
- Inability to fully open or close your mouth
- Facial trauma
Orthognathic Surgery and Braces
Depending on your situation, we may recommend braces in addition to orthognathic surgery. Many patients benefit from the use of braces, as they ensure a straighter smile and proper jaw alignment. Dr. Grussmark will work closely with your oral surgeon to make sure your procedure fits perfectly with your treatment plan.
Corrective jaw surgery is performed under general anesthesia, either in a hospital setting or in the operating space at the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics. Depending on the complexity of the surgery, you may require an additional day or two in the hospital to recover.
It’s important to arrange to have a friend or family member take you to and from the hospital, as you should not drive before or after the procedure.
Visit the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics to Learn More
When you meet with Grussmark for your free consultation, you’ll be given a complete dental exam. That way, we’ll be able to recommend the ideal treatment to fix your smile.
Getting the right orthodontic care will dramatically improve your oral health and give you a smile you’ll be happy to share with friends. If you’re ready to learn more, call the Centre for Invisible Orthodontics today. We’ll be happy to answer your questions and we can even schedule your free consultation with Dr. Grussmark.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, the surgery won’t be painful. The surgery is performed at a hospital or an operating space, where you’ll be under general anesthesia. Since you’ll be unconscious, you won’t feel anything during the procedure.
You may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two to recover after your surgery. We’ll give you post-operative instructions as well as any pain prescriptions you may need. You may feel some discomfort and pain as you recover from your surgery.
The surgery usually takes one to two hours for a single procedure. If you require multiple procedures, the surgery can take three or four hours. Your dentist will let you know how long your surgery will take so you can plan for it.
Some people may also need to stay in the hospital for one to two days after their surgery to recover. The amount of time you’ll need to recover depends on your surgery and the amount of jaw correction you need.
No, orthognathic surgery is considered a medical procedure, not a cosmetic procedure. Orthognathic surgery is important to prevent future medical complications that require expensive corrections. That’s why jaw correction surgery is considered necessary.
Medical procedures are often at least partially covered by insurance plans, whereas cosmetic procedures aren’t. That means you won’t have to worry as much about the cost of your corrective surgery.