Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a surgical procedure that corrects abnormalities in the jaw and facial bones. This type of surgery is typically performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and can help improve a person’s bite, speech, and overall appearance.
There are several reasons why someone may need jaw surgery. Some common reasons include:
– Jaw mismatch : This refers to a misalignment of the teeth and jaws that can cause difficulty chewing or speaking.
– Sleep apnea: Jaw surgery can help open up the airway and reduce symptoms of sleep apnea.
– Gingivitis and teeth : If someone has suffered a facial injury that has caused damage to their jaw or facial bones, jaw surgery may be necessary to repair the damage.
– Congenital defects: Some people are born with abnormalities in their jaw such as double jaw or facial bones that require surgical correction.
The type of jaw surgery required is determined based on the cause and severity of the condition, and treatment may include the use of an orthosis, minor surgery, or major surgery.
Jaw surgery may help to:
Jaw surgery is generally safe when done by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, often in collaboration with an orthodontist.
Risks of surgery may include: