Corrective Jaw Surgery

What Is Orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, also referred to as jaw surgery, may be completed by the oral surgeons of Buck and Phillips to correct irregularities in the upper or lower jaw. This surgery helps to realign the bite and improve the function of the jaws and teeth, as well as restoring abnormalities in facial appearance that result from these irregularities. The three main forms of Orthognathic surgery are maxillary osteotomy and/or mandibular osteotomy and genioplasty.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.

Orthognathic Surgery Presentation

Maxillary Osteotomy – Upper Jaw Surgery

A maxillary osteotomy is a surgical procedure performed on the maxilla or upper jaw. The surgery is performed completely through your mouth, so there are no scars on the face. The maxilla can be moved into the desired anatomical position that best suits your individual needs to achieve a better bite and cosmetic needs. No two people are exactly alike and the treatment plan for each individual is unique to that person. The bone movement is held in place by titanium bone plates and screws that very rarely have to be removed in the future.

This procedure is performed to correct the following issues:

  • A long, short, or narrow upper jaw
  • Open bite, where the front teeth do not touch the lower teeth when biting together
  • Crossbite, where the upper and lower teeth do not match in the proper position
  • Midfacial hypoplasia, a congenital condition associated with reduced growth in the upper jaw, cheekbones, often resulting in a concave appearance of the midface

Mandibular Osteotomy – Lower Jaw Surgery

A mandibular osteotomy is a surgical procedure performed on the mandible or lower jaw. Like the upper jaw surgery this procedure is performed completely through your mouth, so there are no scars on the face. The mandible can be moved into the desired anatomical position that best suits your individual needs to achieve better function, a better bite and often cosmetic needs. No two people are exactly alike and a treatment plan for each individual is unique to that person.. The bone movement is held in place by titanium bone plates and screws that very rarely have to be removed in the futureThis procedure is most commonly performed to correct a lower jaw that is long or short when compared to the upper jaw and face.

Genioplasty – surgery on the chin

 
This surgery is often used to add or reduce the chin portion of the lower jaw. Like the other osteotomies, this procedure is performed through the mouth, so there are no scars to the face. The bone of the chin can be moved forward, back, shortened or lengthened, depending on the individual needs of the patient, titanium bone plates and screws are used to hold the bone in place until the bone naturally heals. If the patient desires a stronger chin, for example, the natural bone of the patient is much more desirable than a man-made implant material. This is an advantage to this type of surgery over implantable materials.

What Are the Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery in Birmingham, Alabama can enhance your oral health and overall well-being in a number of ways, including:

  • Correcting problems with your bite, or the way your teeth fit together
  • Improving the functionality of the teeth by making it easier to bite and chew
  • Allowing the lips to close fully and comfortably
  • Resolving issues with swallowing or speech
  • Minimizing excessive wear and deterioration of the teeth
  • Balancing asymmetrical features of the lower face, as in underbites or overbites
  • Repairing damage caused by facial injury, environmental influences, or congenital conditions.
  • Alleviating TMJ pain with proper function of the jaws
  • Offering relief for breathing issues, such as obstructive sleep apnea
  • Providing additional health benefits as a result of improved breathing, chewing, swallowing, and sleep.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost of corrective jaw surgery in Birmingham, Alabama includes fees for the surgeon, the facility, and anesthesia, any additional tests your surgeon must complete, and any medications they prescribe. This total cost can vary greatly depending on what your individual insurance policy covers. Before scheduling Orthognathic surgery, consult with your insurance provider to determine what your policy covers. Most insurance companies do offer coverage for jaw surgery. If your insurance company does not cover this procedure, there are options that we can discuss. We strive to “find a way or make one”, if you desire to have this procedure.

Why Choose Us?

At Buck and Phillips Oral Surgery, we are dedicated to providing our patients with honest, personalized, compassionate patient care, encompassing a full range of oral and maxillofacial procedures. We follow-up post-operatively until your healing is complete. We know many patients suffer from dental and surgical anxiety, so we communicate clearly throughout the entire process and work diligently to ensure their experience is as stress-free and comfortable as possible. After conducting a thorough exam, aided by facial X-rays and state-of-the-art computer imaging software, your oral surgeon in Birmingham, Alabama will develop a customized treatment plan based on your specific needs. Contact us today