Improving Jaw Function
Orthognathic Surgery (Top)
Your oral health is paramount to your overall health, affecting your nutritional needs and psychological well-being every day of the year. Dallas Oral Surgery Associates are specialists in all types of orthognathic, craniofacial and maxillofacial surgery. We’re dedicated to restoring the quality of life and physical appearance of those suffering facial malformations from birth or accidents-including reconstruction and plastic surgery-in patients of any age.
Today, no one has to live with deficient, asymmetrical or excessive jaw issues. Our surgeons can align and straighten the jaw, vastly improving your ability to eat and the way others see you. The most advanced surgical techniques available today are what you can expect from Dallas Oral Surgery Associates. We’re determined to give you a world-class smile with a minimal amount of recovery time.
Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don’t align correctly and/or teeth do not seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process, and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the Following Areas Should be Evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your oral surgery team will make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Sherry, Dr. Wallace, and Dr. Gannon use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.