Orthognathic surgery is a medical term that refers to jaw correction surgery, and here at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, Dr. Alex Figueroa is your expert in oral surgery. Along with Dr. Michael Cullinan, Dr. Sean Cullinan and Dr. Randi Smulson, he corrects smile problems for long-term oral health, functionality, and personal appearance.
Orthognathic surgery changes a lot
A complete examination at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, tells you and your dentist if oral surgery is in order. Problems your dentists typically see in children, teens, and adults are:
- Improper occlusion (crossbite, underbite, overbite, and openbite)
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Protruding upper or lower jaws
- Receding chin
- Congenital and acquired defects
- Damage from oral trauma such as an auto accident, fall, or sports injury
- Problematic swallowing
Additional issues may be inefficient biting and chewing, speech problems, headaches, temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD), obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and snoring, as well as an inability to properly open and close the jaws.
The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) states that the jaw must finish growing before jaw surgery can happen. That means both boys and girls should be in their late teens before the oral surgeon attempts many corrective procedures.
Dentures and braces
Long-time denture patients have special challenges in terms of oral function and personal appearance. Through the pressures of wearing dentures for many years, people may experience excessive wear on the jawbones. This is commonly called denture fatigue. As such, these individuals may require bone grafting procedures to build up the jaw for better denture fit and improved facial contours.
Orthodontic correction may be an adjunct to oral surgery. Braces can improve or maintain the bite correction begun by a variety of procedures.
Do you need jaw correction surgery?
If you do, you'll be in the best of hands. The professional team here at Family Dental at Glenview will be with you every step of the way from evaluation and consultation to surgery and recovery. We want your smile to look great, function well, and last a lifetime. Call us today for an appointment to learn more: (847) 998-1281.