Jaw Surgery for Patients in the Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, and Stroudsburg, PA Areas
Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
How do I Know if I Need Jaw Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery, or jaw 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. Jaw surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
- Orthognathic Surgery Overview
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 dental team can make the decision to proceed with jaw surgery treatment together.
Technology & Orthognathic Surgery
Our Doctors use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your jaw 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.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our doctors will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
We proudly serve patients throughout Allentown, Bethlehem, Easton, Stroudsburg, PA,and beyond. Please call St Luke’s OMS today at 610-865-8077 to discuss whether jaw surgery is the right course of action for you!