Corrective Jaw Surgery in Scottsdale and Avondale
Orthognathic surgery is indicated when the upper and lower jaws don't meet correctly, teeth don't fit together properly and the face is out of proportion. Teeth are first straightened with orthodontics and then the corrective jaw surgery repositions misaligned jaws. Surgery not only improves facial appearance, but also helps ensure that the teeth align correctly. Correct alignment of the teeth and jaws help the facial muscles and jaw joint function properly and brings the face into proper harmony.
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who 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 grow at different rates and different amounts. The result can be a host of problems that affect chewing function, speech, nasal breathing, long term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw growth and alignment. While orthodontics alone can correct bite problems if only the teeth are involved, Orthognathic Surgery is required if the facial bones need repositioning.
Difficulty in any of the following areas may be a clue that Orthognathic Surgery is necessary:
- Problems with chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech Problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite (teeth not touching in front)
- Protruding jaw (upper or lower)
- Nasal breathing problems and snoring
These problems may exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or trauma to the face. Before treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination and evaluation of x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you may have regarding treatment recommendations. When you are fully informed about your treatment options, your dental team will help you make the treatment decision that is in your best interest.
Technology and Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Guyette uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you 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, the extent of the treatment prescribed, and to see the benefits of Orthognathic Surgery. Surgery can move your teeth and jaw into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and health dental-facial relationship. As with any surgical procedure, there are risks. Significant problems are very rare. Risks of the surgery will be discussed with you. Be sure to ask any questions that you have.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Guyette will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment and planning phase.
“On the night of my procedure, Dr. Guyette called me to see how I was feeling. I thought that was magnificent and it was greatly appreciated! I felt very cared for!” Gordon Stein