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Why Do People Get Jaw Surgery?

Posted on 1/15/2024 by Greater Charlotte Oral and Facial Surgery
A person holding their jaw in painJaw surgery corrects and realigns the irregularities in the jaws and teeth to improve their appearance and overall facial form. This surgery is ideal if you have a jaw problem that orthodontists cannot correct using conventional treatment methods like bite planes, palate expanders, or braces. Here is why people get jaw surgery.

Previous Non-Surgical Treatments Are Not Yielding Results

If, for instance, an individual suffers from TMJ and solutions like medications and mouthguards are not relieving their pain, their dentist will guide them on to the next step, which is probably jaw surgery. However, before settling on the surgery, they will do comprehensive tests to establish if that is the best solution, depending on the case.

To Improve Facial Appearance

As stated above, jaw surgery will improve facial appearance by correcting underbites and overbites. In addition, jaw surgery is ideal in children born with congenital disabilities, such as cleft lip, as it can help to fix these issues, ensuring the child grows confidently and without eating challenges.

To Correct Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea characterizes the collapse of throat tissues, interfering with breathing and causing the individual to choke, gasp, or snore irregularly. Breathing difficulties result in trouble concentrating and constant headaches throughout the day. Fortunately, jaw surgery can correct the underlying issues causing sleep apnea, restoring quality of life.

Struggles Chewing Food

Individuals needing help to chew food tend to avoid various delicacies, including their favorites. In most of these cases, jaw alignment is the major problem interfering with their lives, and a complete assessment will unveil the reasons for this, after which the dental surgeon will surgically correct the problem.

Now that you know why people get jaw surgery, you can contact our oral and maxillofacial surgeon if you have any of the above conditions. Feel free to call our dental offices today and schedule your appointment with us.


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