Why Would You Need Orthognathic Surgery
Orthognathic surgery, or more commonly known as jaw surgery, is a surgical procedure designed to correct the structure of the lower face and fix different jawbone problems. This surgery is focused on aligning the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw) to bring back your jaw's normal function.
A misaligned jaw bone can cause you many issues, from improper bite and difficulty swallowing, to impaired speech and headaches. Fortunately, there is a solution for this jaw problem. If you are experiencing any irregularities on your jaw, our team at Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help fix it with orthognathic surgery.
Restore Bite Power
A misaligned jaw can affect the muscles in your jaw and change your bite. It can make your bite uneven and this can lessen your bite power. When this happens, it will be harder to chew, and even swallow food. When your imbalanced bite is not treated early, it can lead to temporomandibular joint disease and cause more problems. A jaw surgery can help fix this issue and restore your bite power and make chewing easier. With orthognathic surgery you can enjoy food again without any difficulty.
Treatment For Sleep Apnea
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleeping condition in which your upper airways can get blocked, making it harder for air to pass through. This can cause your breathing to repeatedly stop over the course of the night while you are sleeping. Blocked airways can be caused by your tongue and the excess tissue in your throat. This sleeping disorder is more prevalent in men than women. Orthognathic surgery can also help people with sleep apnea. OSA can be treated with maxillomandibular advancement.
Fix Your TMJ Disorder
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) is a jaw muscle disorder that can cause chronic pain and tooth erosion. Aside from pain, this disorder can also increase your chances of getting sleep apnea. TMD is mostly caused by improper bite and bruxism, which is habitual teeth grinding and clenching. Women are more prone to this jaw disorder than men and it is also more common to individuals who are 20 to 40 years old. Jaw surgery can fix your jaw and help relieve the pain caused by TMJ disorder.
Improve Facial Appearance
Orthognathic surgery is designed to improve your facial appearance too. Cleft lip is a birth defect in which the upper lip of a baby does not form completely leaving an opening right under the nose. This defect is commonly known to be caused by genetics, smoking while pregnant, or folic acid deficiency.
Orthognathic surgery can restore normal mouth function and help you achieve a more normal look. Leaving a baby with an untreated cleft lip can affect their eating, speech, breathing, and even their confidence when they grow up.
If you or someone in your family is struggling with jaw pain or other complications, it is understandable to want to find a solution for it. For more information about orthognathic surgery, you visit us at Beaverton Oral Surgeons. To speak with our staff or book an appointment, call us at (971) 249-8370.