Corrective Jaw Surgery
At Bay Lakes Center for Complex Dentistry, we are dedicated to bringing you the best possible treatment when it comes to problems that may negatively affect your dental health. There are some conditions that may require you to undergo corrective jaw surgery to improve your oral health. Whether you have a misaligned jaw or a severe malocclusion, we are prepared to give you any surgical treatment option that you need to help correct it, reduce any pain you may suffer, and leave you with an improved bite from what you had before.
The Different Kinds Of Jaw Misalignment
When your upper and lower teeth do not comfortably meet when you close them, this is known as a jaw misalignment that may require corrective jaw surgery to address. Overbite, one of the more common types of jaw misalignment, is where the upper teeth protrude before the lower teeth. Underbite is the opposite of this, where the lower teeth sit in front of the upper teeth. The harshest examples of these can make it hard for you to eat, talk, or even breathe. A bite that does not match is also known as a malocclusion, and chronic pain can result if you suffer from one.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, another term for corrective jaw surgery, can help you strengthen your jaw, realign teeth as needed, and help you address any skeletal deformities you may have. If you have an improper bite or other such severe malocclusion, our dentists may recommend that you move forward with this step. However, before you do so, we will make sure that you need corrective jaw surgery by reviewing your medical history with you and by taking x-rays of your mouth. If you happen to suffer from a compromised immune system, prosthetic joints, or any heart conditions, we will discuss prescribing antibiotics with you as a preliminary step.
Paying For Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery can be an expensive proposition, but the substantial improvement to your quality of life and overall dental health is worth it. If you do not have health insurance, then corrective jaw surgery can cost up to $20,000 or more. This can shift up or down depending on how severe your malocclusion is and the type of surgery needed. That said, corrective jaw surgery is not a cosmetic procedure, and many insurance policies will cover at least a portion of the cost, given how it is often needed to prevent nastier dental and medical problems down the road.
What Would The Day Of Corrective Jaw Surgery Look Like?
Corrective jaw surgery usually takes one to three hours, though it depends on the severity of your misalignment. We will give you general anesthesia to help counteract any pain or swelling that may result. Once the surgery is complete, your following home recovery time will last for about six weeks. Your oral care immediately afterward will be a bit trickier, so make sure to follow our instructions to help address all of your home care needs.