Corrective Jaw Surgery

WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists -  - Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Endodontics, and Periodontics located in Kenosha, WI

If you have minor or major skeletal or dental irregularities, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. At WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the team of experts provides corrective surgery to help misaligned jaws and teeth to improve speaking, chewing, and breathing. If you have a cosmetic or functional issue with your jaw, call the office or schedule an appointment online to find out more about surgical options.

Corrective Jaw Surgery Q & A

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Orthognathic surgery corrects a wide range of issues in your jaw and with your teeth. It can adjust misaligned jaws or teeth and greatly improve your appearance.

Common reasons you may require jaw surgery include:

  • Temporomandibular joint pain
  • Trauma to the jaw
  • An incorrect bite that leads to an imperfect smile
  • Excessive tooth wear due to clenching or teeth grinding
  • Difficulty chewing or opening and closing the mouth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Protruding jaw
  • Excessive wear of teeth
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Receding lower jaw and chin

For people who have a birth defect or a facial injury, jaw surgery may be necessary. If you’re in need of an oral surgeon, get the best available by consulting the team at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists. Jaw surgery can be done on the upper or lower jaw, the chin, or in a combination of locations.

What results should I expect from jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery isn’t always an instant fix to your dental and skeletal problems. Orthodontics may be part of the procedure, and achieving the desired bite and look may take months or years.

What should I expect during jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery is usually performed under general anesthesia and you may have to spend a night or two in the hospital following.

Usually, jaw surgery is performed inside your mouth, leaving no facial scars. In some procedures, however, a small incision may be necessary outside of your mouth.

During surgery, the surgeon makes cuts in the jawbones and moves them into the correct position. You may need tiny bone plates, screws, wires, or rubber bands placed to secure your jawbones into their new position. Over time, any added screws or plates become integrated as part of your bone structure.

During some surgeries, the doctors add extra bone to the jaw. This extra bone comes from your hip, rib, or leg and is secured with plates and screws. If you have irregularities to the jaw bone, your surgeon may reshape it to create a better bite and look.

If you have jaw abnormalities that may improve with surgery, trust the experts at WisNova Institute of Dental Specialists. Call for a consultation or book online.