Corrective Jaw Surgery
Severe malocclusion such as overbites and underbites can have a significant impact on your ability to speak and chew properly. It can also affect the appearance of your smile and face. Dr. Kellyn Hodges works with a skilled oral surgeon who provides orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, to realign the jaw and correct these issues. Kellyn Hodges Orthodontics has three offices in the greater Philidelphia, PA, area to serve you.
What Issues Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Address?
Orthognathic surgery can address several concerns, including:
- When the upper front teeth protrude too far over the lower front teeth, it is known as an overbite. This causes the teeth to strike at incorrect places, which can eventually cause tooth damage, gum disease, and tooth loss.
- An underbite occurs when the lower front teeth protrude beyond the front jaw. While genetics can play a role, habits such as tongue thrusting can also contribute to the condition.
- When the jaw is overdeveloped or underdeveloped on one side, it can cause facial asymmetry. It may be noticeable at birth or may develop later in life.
- Open Bite
- When the upper and lower teeth do not make physical contact, it is known as an open bite. This condition may be caused by a dental or skeletal abnormality, or a habit such as thumb sucking.
During the planning process, your jaws and teeth will be thoroughly examined to determine your needs and how to address them. Aligning the jaws often requires accessing the jawbones and making alterations that are retained through the temporary or permanent placement of metal plates. Other treatments incorporated into your surgery may include:
- Surgical splints
- Wiring of the jaws to facilitate proper healing
If you are experiencing pain or difficulties chewing, or feel that your bite is substantially misaligned, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery.
Depending on the extent of your surgery, it could take two to three months for the bones to heal. You may need to take a month or longer away from work or school. As you heal, it is imperative that you follow your doctor's instructions in order to heal properly and experience the best possible results. You will need to eat a diet of liquid and soft foods exclusively until your doctor determines you can resume eating solid food. It is normal to experience some numbness for several weeks after surgery, but it is unusual to experience permanent loss of sensation. We will schedule follow-up visits throughout your recovery to monitor your progress.
Schedule a Consultation
If you are experiencing pain or difficulties chewing, or feel that your bite is substantially misaligned, you may be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. Helping you achieve a healthy, beautiful smile is our priority. Our team can coordinate your oral surgery and provide the corresponding treatments for a streamlined, beneficial experience. Contact us online or call our office nearest you to schedule your consultation.