Restore Jaw Function, Health, and Aesthetics
Speaking, swallowing, or breathing can become challenging and often painful when the jaw is misaligned. Whether you have endured a severe injury or suffer chronic pain due to a congenital defect or TMJ disorder, jaw surgery can provide long-term, life-bettering effects. Jaw surgery restores oral comfort and function by surgically repositioning the upper and lower jaws to correct alignment.
At Beverly Hills Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implants, we use state-of-the-art technology to achieve superior oral and maxillofacial surgery results. Our board-certified oral surgeon and physician, Dr. Aynechi, is an expert in performing jaw surgery and collaborates with our team to formulate custom treatment plans that address each patient's needs. Contact our office in Beverly Hills, CA, to see if jaw surgery is right for you.
Benefits of Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, provides many life-altering benefits, such as:
- Improves facial symmetry
- Restores optimal chewing function
- Improves speech
- Evenly spreads bite pressure to increase the durability of teeth
- Provides long-term pain relief
Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery
Jaw surgery can correct several conditions, specifically those that cannot be fixed by orthodontic or other nonsurgical methods alone. When jaw bones sit incorrectly, it can be difficult to chew, swallow, speak, or breathe properly. In some cases, a misaligned jaw impairs breathing and can contribute to obstructive sleep apnea. Orthognathic surgery restores patients’ jaws to a healthy and fully functioning state and provides long-term relief of these symptoms.
If you experience one or more of these issues, orthognathic surgery may be the right solution for you:
- Frequent headaches
- Facial asymmetry
- Difficulty eating
- An open bite or other bite problems such that your teeth don’t adequately meet when the mouth is closed
- Facial trauma
- Congenital disabilities such as cleft lip and palate
- Weak or recessed chin
- Protruding jaw
- Chronic mouth breathing, which can cause dry mouth
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- TMJ disorders or chronic jaw joint pain
Jaw Surgery Procedure
When determining the correct treatment method, the specific diagnosis and other health conditions are considered. During your initial visit to our office, Dr. Aynechi will take 3D scans of your face and jaw. He will then thoroughly examine your condition to determine your optimum treatment plan. All patients undergoing jaw surgery, regardless of their individual treatment plans, must first wear orthodontic braces to prepare their teeth and jaw properly.
General anesthesia will be administered on the day surgery is performed to ensure your comfort. Once the anesthesia has taken full effect, your oral surgeon will realign your jaw via small incisions inside the mouth to avoid visible scarring. In some circumstances, orthognathic surgery includes incisions made outside the mouth. However, this will have been discussed with your surgeon before the operation. Once your jaw has been repositioned and secured using plates or screws, sutures will be placed as necessary. Before returning home, you will need to spend a few days in the hospital so that doctors can monitor you.
Your initial recovery will take about 6 weeks. However, your teeth will need additional orthodontic treatment after your procedure to achieve ideal alignment. Therefore, total treatment times vary depending on the degree of orthodontic work required. One can expect to reach complete healing after around a year.
Jaw Surgery in Los Angeles, CA
Jaw misalignment can drastically hinder life’s essential functions. Everyday actions such as eating, speaking, and smiling can be painful or uncomfortable. Dr. Aynechi offers life-changing corrective jaw surgery to patients of all ages. Contact our Beverly Hills, CA, office to see how orthognathic surgery can improve your oral health, function, and comfort.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does jaw surgery shorten your face?
To correctly align your jaw bone, orthognathic surgery sometimes includes severing the bone to allow for correct placement. As a result, there may be slight changes to the appearance of the lower half of your face. These changes will be discussed with your oral surgeon beforehand to ensure you are pleased with the aesthetics of these changes.
Can you talk right after surgery?
Because your jaw will need time to adjust to its repositioning, you may find it difficult to speak clearly during the initial weeks of your recovery. While frustrating at times, this is a normal part of the healing process. Therefore, it is recommended to talk slowly or communicate via pen and paper when possible.
How long will it take for my jaw to open fully?
After undergoing jaw surgery, you should expect a limited range of motion. Patience is essential to your recovery process. You mustn’t force your jaw open prematurely, as this could jeopardize the success of your procedure. After a few weeks, you can gradually implement gentle jaw exercises to help your jaw expand to its maximum capacity.
What is the ideal method of sleeping post-jaw surgery?
In the weeks following your procedure, it is recommended that you sleep with your head substantially elevated to prevent excess swelling and reduce pain or discomfort. Proper elevation can be achieved by sleeping with two or more pillows beneath your head or in a reclining chair.
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