In some cases, orthodontic treatment alone cannot fully correct bite issues. Some patients may require surgery to treat severe jawbone irregularities.
Surgical orthodontics, also known as orthognathic surgery, is sometimes necessary to improve a person’s ability to perform essential oral functions such as speaking, breathing, chewing, and biting.
At Full Smile Orthodontics in Carlsbad, California, apart from conventional orthodontic treatments, Dr. Daniel Adams also performs complex surgical procedures to treat misaligned teeth or jawbone issues and give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
What Is Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics involves corrective surgeries that treat abnormalities in the dental and skeletal region by straightening and altering the jaw and teeth.
Depending on the severity of the patient’s misalignment and bite issue, Dr. Adams designs a customized treatment plan that provides the best possible results. In some cases, the orthodontic treatment also includes surgery.
When Is Surgical Orthodontics Necessary?
If your upper and lower jaw are not correctly aligned, it may hinder their performance and function. Dr. Adams can correct these irregularities in your jaw and give you an even bite through a surgical procedure.
- Treating misaligned teeth and jaw issues on time is essential because they can lead to:
- Chronic jaw pain and headaches
- Gaps between lower and upper teeth even when the mouth is closed
- Facial abnormalities
- Protruding or receding jaw
- Sleep apnea
- Mouth breathing
How Does Surgical Orthodontics Work?
When your jaw does not align properly, corrective surgery may be required to ensure the teeth can fit comfortably in their positions.
During the procedure, the upper or lower jaw is moved into the correct position. As part of the surgery, the facial bone may also be altered to get the desired results.
It may take four to eight weeks to completely heal after the surgery. Once the procedure is done, Dr. Adams may recommend orthodontic treatments like braces and retainers to sync your teeth and jawbone.
What Are the Benefits of Surgical Orthodontics?
Surgical orthodontics is suggested only in cases of severe misalignment. The advantages of jaw correction surgery for non-growing adults include:
- Aesthetically pleasing jaw structure
- Prevents severe oral health issues like enamel wear and chronic jaw pain
- Improves speech, chewing, and biting
- Respite from sleep apnea or mouth breathing problems
If you’re looking into treatments for your jaw alignment problems, contact Dr. Daniel Adams at Full Smile Orthodontics at 6965 El Camino Real #201, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Call us at (760) 804-0080 or book an appointment online.