When Should You Get Orthognathic Surgery?

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shutterstock_121245883Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is done by your oral and maxillofacial surgeon to treat various irregularities in your jaws and teeth. The surgery improves jaw alignment, speaking, chewing, breathing, and bite issues. Although some people choose the surgery as a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of the jaw area, it is usually performed by Dr. Sultan to improve and correct functional problems.

Do you have to get your jaw corrected?

There are many conditions that can merit corrective jaw surgery, including the following:

  • Difficulty in swallowing, chewing, or biting food
  • Excessive tooth wear
  • Headaches or pain in the jaw or jaw joint that has persisted for years
  • A space exists between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, also known as an “open bite”
  • Facial injury due to trauma
  • Unproportioned facial features, either from the front or side
  • Significant problems in appearance, such as a protruding jaw or a receding chin or lower jaw
  • Genetic or birth defects
  • Chronic breathing through the mouth
  • Having to strain to have your lips meet
  • Sleep apnea, which is characterized by snoring or other problems in breathing during sleep

During your first meeting with Dr. Sultan

Dr. Sultan will determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure during your initial consultation. However, know that the course of your treatment could take years to achieve the results that you and your surgeon desire.

If you have experienced any of the conditions mentioned above, consider orthognathic surgery today. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to request a consultation with renowned oral and maxillofacial surgeon Dr. Sultan.