Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Bring the Jaw into Alignment for Improved Eating, Speaking, and Breathing
Corrective jaw surgery is often performed for patients with moderate to severe jaw misalignment who are unable to correct the condition through orthodontics. This type of surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, may also be performed as a treatment for sleep apnea or TMJ disorder.
Signs of Jaw Misalignment
- Difficulty chewing and grinding food
- Digestive problems
- Snoring and sleep apnea
- Inability to fully close the lips
- Heavy breathing
- Impaired speech function
- Poor facial aesthetics
- Protruding or recessed chin
- Dental crowding
- Poor oral hygiene
- Increased risk of dental caries and periodontal disease
- Shorter tooth lifespan
Many of these problems can cause more serious consequences to the overall health of the mouth and face. To reduce the long-term risks, early diagnosis and treatment of any disharmonies of the jaw are very important.
Benefits of Jaw Surgery
The primary goal of orthognathic surgery is to correct the jaw’s function; however, this procedure also improves aesthetics and facial proportions. Patients also enjoy:
- Improved chewing, speech, and respiratory function
- Decreased likelihood of short- and long-term relapse after orthodontic therapy
- Reduction of accelerated tooth loss
Corrective jaw surgery is a major procedure. For more information about how to prepare for your procedure and the steps to take following surgery, visit our Corrective Jaw Surgery Instructions page.
Hear From Corrective Jaw Surgery Patients
These patients can tell you about the firsthand experience undergoing corrective jaw surgery at our office.
Reviews From Our Corrective Jaw Surgery Patients
Linda Reviews Her Corrective Jaw Surgery Procedure
"I’m Linda from Ann Arbor. I was referred to Michigan Oral Surgeons by my orthodontist, Dr. Ludia Kim. I needed to have my lower jaw moved forward, and I also needed to have the front segment of my lower teeth lowered to create an evenness of the teeth. Recovery was better than I thought it was going to be. I feel a lot better about my chewing, especially in the back where my molars are, and I don’t feel as self-conscious about my overbite. I do recommend Dr. Fear. I think he is a very caring and concerned doctor who wants everything for the best for his patients."
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