Corrective Jaw Surgery – Lebanon, NH
A Healthier Jaw for a Healthier You
Deficiencies in the jaw’s function can lead to a wide range of symptoms, including difficulties with speaking, eating, and chewing. TMJ dysfunction and obstructive sleep apnea are also commonly associated with a jaw that is not working as it should. Here at Santavicca Dental Professionals, we are proud to have a highly experienced on-staff oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Donald Gass. He can perform surgery to help patients find freedom from jaw-related problems.
What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery is also known as orthognathic surgery. These terms describe any surgical procedure whose goal is to correct abnormalities in the jaw’s form and function. It may work alongside orthodontic treatment, such as braces or clear aligners, to achieve optimal results.
How Does the Treatment Work?
The treatment process starts with a consultation. Dr. Gass will thoroughly examine your jaw and teeth, get to know more about your symptoms, and order some images. Armed with the data from your consultation, he will begin to plan your surgery. Because orthodontic treatment is often a key to successful jaw surgery, you might have to visit an orthodontist prior to your procedure.
We go above and beyond to ensure that our patients are comfortable during treatments. We even have an on-staff anesthesiologist who can work with Dr. Gass to ensure that you feel nothing throughout your surgery. Following your surgery, it is essential that you follow any postoperative instructions that our team provides. Doing so will make your recovery as easy as possible.
Indications for Corrective Jaw Surgery
Here are some indications that mean you might be a candidate for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty biting or chewing food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
- Excessive wear and tear of the teeth
- An open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- An unbalanced facial appearance from the side or front
- Traumatic facial injury
- Birth defects
- Receding chin and lower jaw
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to bring the lips together without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea (breathing problems during sleep, including snoring)
Benefits of Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery may allow you to experience many benefits, including:
- Improved clarity of speech
- Easier chewing
- Improved sleep quality (the surgery may eliminate snoring and obstructive sleep apnea)
- A lowered risk of oral health problems, such as cavities and excess wear and tear on the teeth
- A more attractive facial appearance
- Reduced (or eliminated) pain from TMJ problems
- Heightened confidence
- Fewer headaches
Cost of Corrective Jaw Surgery
The cost of your orthognathic surgery will depend on a few factors, including the nature and extent of your procedure, the type of sedation involved, and your insurance. While dental insurance does not cover this type of treatment, your medical insurance might help to reduce your out of pocket costs if the surgery is deemed necessary for your overall health. Our team will be happy to help you explore how your policy applies to your procedure. We can also help you apply for third-party financing if you would like to pay for your surgery over time.
Are you ready to learn more about corrective jaw surgery and how it may help you? Contact Santavicca Dental Professionals today to schedule your consultation.