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By Family Dental Center
December 30, 2019
Category: Oral Surgery

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.

By Family Dental Center
June 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

The jaw is important to oral health. With an improper bite, good health can suffer. Corrective jaw surgery can help patients to improve jaw correction surgerytheir exterior appearance and to use their jaw more effectively. Oral surgery from the dentists at Family Dental in Glenview, IL, may be the answer.

About Jaw Correction Surgery

For individuals who get chronic headaches or ear pain, have trouble chewing or swallowing food or spaces between the teeth when the mouth is closed, jaw correction surgery may be recommended. Also known as orthognathic, this Glenview oral surgery procedure is used in order to correct both minor and major dental problems or irregularities. It mostly is used to correct function issues relating to speaking, chewing or breathing.

Dr. Cullinan’s approach to jaw surgery will depend on each individual and their needs. For lower jaw surgery, the rear portion of the jaw is separated from the front portion. This is where the teeth actually support and allow for the lower portion of the jaw to move forward and backward. An oral surgeon uses screws or plates to reposition the bone. Oftentimes with this oral surgery, the teeth will need to be wired for up to 6-7 weeks.

With upper jaw surgery, the two parts are separated so that the tooth-bearing part of the jaw can move freely. Much like lower jaw surgery, screws and plates are used in order to fasten the jaw into its new position. Some patients may even need some bone added or removed. This surgery type will use a bite guide so that bite alignment is restored after surgery.

To learn more about oral surgery from Family Dental in Glenview, IL, such as jaw correction surgery, schedule an informative consultation today by calling 847-998-1281 today.