Corrective Jaw Surgeons in Hot Springs
Corrective jaw surgery is most often recommended by oral surgeons to correct certain facial bone irregularities or deformities. These irregularities of the jaw are usually genetic or caused by birth defects but they can also be caused by facial trauma. An irregularity in the jaw can cause misalignment of the jaw and teeth and cause problems speaking, eating, and breathing.
Orthognathic Surgery (corrective jaw surgery) involves repositioning the bones of your upper and/or lower jaw. Your jaw can be moved up or down, in or out, and lengthened or shortened to create a more harmonious facial appearance and bite.
If you are experiencing any of the following symptoms of an irregular jaw, contact the best corrective jaw surgeons in Hot Springs for a consultation:
- Sleep apnea
- Receding chin
- Protruding jaw
- “Gummy” smile
- Speech problems
- Chronic headaches
- Breathing problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite (teeth don’t touch together)
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Unbalanced facial appearance (jaw, chin, and nose misaligned)
Some jaw misalignments and irregularities can be treated with orthodontal treatment. If this is the case, our surgeons are happy to refer you to a qualified and trusted orthodontist in Hot Springs. If your jaw cannot be treated with orthodontal treatment alone, they may suggest surgery as your best course of treatment.
Arkansas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons will work closely with your orthodontist to develop a treatment plan that will help you build a better smile, alleviate any pain, and address any other health concerns posed by your misaligned jaw. Many patients find that their faces are more symmetrical and balanced after corrective jaw surgery because it repositions your jaw to its natural alignment.
How Does Corrective Jaw Surgery Work?
The first step in the process is the initial consultation visit. You will meet with one of our experienced oral surgeons and they will perform a visual examination and ask you about your history and symptoms. They may also take x-rays and models of your jaw and teeth at this time. Usually, we can obtain your pre-orthodontic models from your orthodontist. If you do not have an orthodontist, we may recommend one to you.
Corrective jaw surgery is a complicated procedure and we usually take a team approach to it–meaning that we want to have your orthodontist and sometimes your general dentist on the consultation team to ensure that your bite and alignment are as perfect as possible.
Arkansas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons uses cutting-edge three-dimensional models and computational techniques to build a visual representation of exactly how we will be approaching your surgery. We can show you how your bite will be improved and give you an idea of what your face will look like after corrective jaw surgery using computer video imaging and comprehensive facial X-rays.
If you have any questions during the process, please ask. We’ll be checking in with you constantly to make sure you understand the process and are as comfortable as possible.
Recovering From Corrective Jaw Surgery
Generally, it takes 6-12 weeks to fully heal from corrective jaw surgery. At about six weeks, if it is part of your treatment plan, your orthodontist will finish aligning your teeth with braces, Invisalign trays, or retainers.
You will experience some bruising and swelling at the site of surgery for about a week to ten days after your surgery. This is completely normal and can be kept under control with the use of over the counter anti-inflammatories and ice packs. Your oral surgeon will likely also prescribe you some prescription pain medication to help you rest and heal more quickly.
For the first ten days to four weeks after surgery, you should stick to a soft diet to prevent injuring your healing jaw. You should also avoid rigorous activity for up to two months after your jaw surgery–especially contact sports or activities where anything could hit you in the face. Your surgeon may supply you with a jaw splint to keep your healing jaw in place.
Although you can resume most daily activities after 6-12 weeks, you should allow a full 4 months before you consider yourself completely healed.
If you are looking for the best corrective jaw surgeons in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the surrounding area, contact Arkansas Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. We provide exceptional care and a personalized treatment plan for every patient.