Corrective Jaw Surgery: Overview, Benefits, and What to Expect

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a specialized surgical procedure performed by Dr. Jarom E. Maurer, DMD, at Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center. It aims to address various jaw and dental alignment issues, improving both aesthetics and function. In this blog post, we will provide an in-depth overview of corrective jaw surgery, discuss its benefits, and outline what patients can expect during treatment.

Patients with misaligned jaws may experience numerous complications, including difficulty speaking, chewing, breathing, and even sleep apnea. For many, these issues can significantly impact their quality of life and overall well-being. Corrective jaw surgery is an essential intervention designed to restore optimal jaw and facial function, ensuring a more comfortable and healthier everyday life.

Throughout this informative post, we will cover the various conditions that can be addressed with corrective jaw surgery, such as overbites, underbites, and open bites. Additionally, we will delve into the comprehensive treatment planning process that precedes the surgery, which involves collaboration between Dr. Maurer, your orthodontist, and potentially other specialists, depending on your case. Furthermore, we will walk you through the surgery itself, covering details such as anesthesia options and postoperative care, ensuring you are well-informed and prepared for your corrective jaw surgery journey.

By the end of this blog post, you will have valuable insights into the world of corrective jaw surgery, empowering you to make informed decisions about your treatment under the exceptional care of Dr. Jarom E. Maurer and his team at Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center.

Conditions Addressed by Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery can address a range of issues related to jaw alignment and function, including:

1. Overbite: An overbite is a condition where the upper jaw significantly projects over the lower jaw, potentially causing difficulties with speech, chewing, and appearance.

2. Underbite: An underbite is the opposite of an overbite, with the lower jaw protruding beyond the upper jaw, leading to functional and aesthetic concerns.

3. Open Bite: An open bite occurs when the upper and lower teeth and jaws do not meet properly, resulting in a gap between the teeth when the mouth is closed.

4. Sleep Apnea: Sometimes, patients with severe sleep apnea can benefit from corrective jaw surgery as part of a multi-disciplinary treatment plan.

Comprehensive Treatment Planning

Before corrective jaw surgery can be performed, a comprehensive treatment planning process involving collaboration between Dr. Maurer, your orthodontist, and other specialists takes place:

1. Diagnostic Assessment: The first step in treatment planning is a thorough diagnostic assessment, which may include X-rays, CT scans, and dental impressions to determine the best course of action.

2. Pre-Surgical Orthodontics: Most patients will undergo pre-surgical orthodontic treatment with braces or aligners to move the teeth into their ideal positions before jaw surgery.

3. Surgical Simulation: Advanced technology, such as virtual surgical planning, may be used to simulate the surgery and create a customized treatment plan for each patient.

4. Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Dr. Maurer will collaborate with your orthodontist and other relevant specialists to develop a well-rounded, effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

The Corrective Jaw Surgery Process

During the corrective jaw surgery process, patients can expect the following:

1. Anesthesia: Depending on the complexity of the procedure and the patient’s preference, a range of anesthesia options, including general anesthesia, may be utilized to ensure a comfortable experience.

2. Surgical Procedure: The surgical process involves selective bone cutting and repositioning to achieve optimal jaw alignment. The bones are then secured in their new positions using small titanium plates, screws, and wires.

3. Hospital Stay and Recovery: Some corrective jaw surgery procedures may require a short hospital stay for postoperative care. Recovery times vary depending on the complexity of the surgery, with patients typically returning to normal daily activities within two to four weeks.

4. Post-Surgical Orthodontics: In the months following surgery, patients will continue orthodontic treatment to fine-tune and finalize the positioning of their teeth.

Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery

With corrective jaw surgery, you can expect numerous benefits, including:

1. Improved Function: By addressing misalignment, surgery can improve speech, chewing, and facial muscle function, making daily activities more comfortable and less challenging.

2. Enhanced Aesthetics: Corrective jaw surgery can provide a more symmetrical and balanced facial appearance, boosting self-esteem and confidence.

3. Alleviation of Pain and Discomfort: With the proper alignment of the jaws, surgery can help eliminate related pain, discomfort, or even headaches that may plague patients before treatment.

4. Long-Term Oral Health: By resolving biting and chewing issues, corrective jaw surgery can contribute to long-term oral health benefits, such as reduced risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and premature tooth wear.

Postoperative Care and Healing

Following your jaw surgery, proper postoperative care is essential to ensure successful healing and optimal results:

1. Medication Management: Dr. Maurer will prescribe pain relief medication and antibiotics to manage discomfort and prevent infection following surgery.

2. Dietary Adjustments: Patients are advised to follow a liquid or soft food diet initially, gradually progressing to a regular diet as healing progresses and under the direction of Dr. Maurer.

3. Oral Hygiene: Maintaining good oral hygiene is crucial during recovery, with gentle brushing, rinsing, and potentially using a water flosser to keep your mouth clean.

4. Follow-Up Visits: Regular follow-up appointments with Dr. Maurer and your orthodontist ensure your healing proceeds smoothly and any concerns or issues are promptly addressed.

The Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center Difference

Choosing Dr. Jarom E. Maurer and his team at Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center for your corrective jaw surgery ensures:

1. Personalized Care: Each patient receives a customized treatment plan tailored to meet their unique needs and achieve optimal results.

2. Expertise: Dr. Maurer’s wealth of experience in jaw surgery allows patients to feel confident and secure in their care.

3. State-of-the-Art Technology: Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center employs advanced surgical techniques and treatment planning technology for enhanced precision and outcomes.

Conclusion

Understanding corrective jaw surgery, its benefits, and what to expect during the treatment process can empower you to make an informed decision about your care. Dr. Jarom E. Maurer and his team at Bozeman Oral Surgery and Implant Center are dedicated to providing expert care that enhances comfort and well-being. Schedule a consultation to discuss your concerns and begin your journey towards improved oral function, aesthetics, and quality of life.