What Conditions Are Treated by Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery, jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery helps correct malformations, irregularities, and deformities of the jaw bone like bite problems, sleep apnea, TMJ abnormalities, jaw, and skeletal misalignment structural problems. This surgery corrects the jaw and oral region’s structure and functionality and helps patients regain self-esteem and assume perfect functionality of the oral region.
CJS in Jaw Function Restoration
Jaw dysfunctions that require a corrective jaw surgery are when a patient experiences difficulty in biting, chewing, and swallowing, speech problems, a protruding upper or lower jaw, breathing difficulty, a small chin, sleep apnea, snoring, misaligned jaw, chin, and nose, underbite, overbite, crossbite, and misaligned bite symmetry. Improper bite symmetry requires excessive force on either side of the jaw to make physical contact as the jaws are not symmetrically aligned. The upper jaw protrudes past the lower jaw, while underbite has the lower jaw protruding past the upper jaw. Crossbites appear when certain teeth do not make physical contact with their diametric teeth.
OSA (Obstructive sleep apnea) is a condition where a patient’s breathing is continually interrupted during sleep due to an obstruction or blockage in the airway. This is caused by misalignment of the jaw bone. Repositioning the jaw helps the airway to remain open and helps the patient enjoy sleep. Jaw misalignment also causes snoring during sleep.
CJS can also treat misaligned jaws. This abnormality exposes the teeth and jaw joints to a lot of pressure, causing them more damage over time, for example, cracked teeth due to grinding. It also puts pressure on jaw movement resulting in stiffness and lockjaw, facial pain, headaches, impaired speech, and oral function. These malformations also detract from the facial appearance and scar the quality of life.