At Oral Surgical Associates, we offer several types of jaw surgery or orthognathic surgery. If you have suffered facial trauma or if you have a congenital jaw defect, corrective jaw surgery can enhance your overall health and appearance. Dr. Armando Gama and Dr. Eugene Morris use the latest imaging technology to gain a complete view of your craniofacial structure. Then, we can develop a treatment plan that addresses your individual health needs and goals. To learn more about jaw surgery, contact our Missoula practice to schedule a consultation.
If you suffer from any of the following conditions, you may be a good candidate for jaw surgery:
A severe overbite, underbite, or open bite
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or sleep apnea that does not respond to more conservative treatment
Breathing or speech difficulties
Pain when chewing
A fractured jaw
Before beginning treatment, Dr. Gama or Dr. Morris will conduct a complete examination to determine if jaw surgery is the optimal treatment for you. We use low-radiation panoramic x-rays and the i-CAT® three-dimensional cone-beam system to obtain incredibly accurate images of your entire jaw.
There are several types of jaw surgery. The technique that is best suited to your needs will depend on your symptoms and the natural structure of your jaw.
Lower jaw surgery: If you have a severe underbite, you may benefit from this procedure. Dr. Gama or Dr. Morris will reposition your lower jaw, using screws to hold the joint in its new position. Lower jaw surgery typically takes place in a hospital.
Treatment for fractured jaws: We can rewire your jaw so it will return to its normal, healthy position. This treatment usually takes place in the office.
Surgical splints: In some cases, your surgeon may use a splint, rather than wires, to realign your jaw. This type of surgery is effective and typically involves a shorter recovery time than rewiring the jaw.
Frenectomy: This quick and easy procedure involves the soft tissues, rather than the joints. The frenum is the band of tissues that connects your upper lip to your gums. A tight or overly large frenum can cause speech difficulties and dental misalignment. Our surgeons can remove this excess tissue to improve your overall oral health. Children and adults are suitable candidates for treatment.
Jaw surgery can involve a lengthy recovery. You will need to follow strict guidelines regarding dental hygiene and diet. However, most patients feel that this recovery time is a small price to pay for the enormous benefits of jaw surgery. The advantages include:
Reduced facial tension
Less tension in the neck and shoulders
Lasting relief from TMD and/or sleep apnea
Reduced risk for dental damage
Improved speech and breathing patterns
The ability to eat properly
Reduced risk for sleep apnea-related diseases, such as heart disease, kidney disease, and hypertension
A dramatically improved appearance
A heightened sense of self-confidence
To learn more about these and the many other benefits of corrective jaw surgery, contact Oral Surgical Associates, and book your first consultation.