How Orthognathic Surgery Can Help People with TMJ

If you are suffering from a severe case in TMJ in Glen Allen, a consultation for orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is the first step to getting the care you need to get back to a comfortable smile. Dr. Herrera at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen offers expert care in a comfortable environment.

If your general dentist has suggested that orthognathic surgery may help treat your TMJ, here are a few things to know:

What Is TMJ, And What Causes It?

TMJ/TMD refers to Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. This condition occurs when the temporomandibular joint becomes damaged, infected, or inflamed.

This small, delicate joint connects your jaw to your skull and is located at the base of each ear. Jaw overuse or trauma from an injury are the two most common causes of TMJ. It can often be corrected without surgery, by using an oral appliance, corticosteroid injections, and other such treatments.

However, TMJ can also be caused by poor bite alignment and jaw structure, and this type of TMJ usually requires treatment with orthognathic surgery.

When Is Orthognathic Surgery Used To Treat TMJ?

TMJ is used to treat cases of TMJ that have not responded to any other types of treatment. In most cases, your dentist, your orthodontist, and your oral surgeon will work together to decide if orthognathic surgery is right for you. The process of orthognathic surgery can take several years to complete, so it’s important to understand that this is a long-term commitment.

How Does Orthognathic Surgery Work?

Every patient will have a unique treatment plan to address their specific needs. However, the process often begins with orthodontic treatment to move your jaw and teeth into a more healthy position.

During the orthognathic surgery itself, your jaw and bone tissue will be modified to correct your bite and address the cause of your TMJ. For example, if you have an open bite, some of the bone in the upper part of your jaw will be removed to correct the alignment of your teeth.

After surgery, your jaw will be wired shut to ensure proper healing, and you may also have to continue wearing orthodontics for several months or longer, to ensure that your teeth shift into the proper position after your bite has been adjusted.

Find Out If Orthognathic Surgery Is Right For You

The pain and discomfort of TMJ can be debilitating. If you have tried other therapies without positive results, orthognathic surgery may be right for you. To find out more, consult with Dr. Herrera at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen.

As an experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Herrera can work with your dentist or orthodontist, diagnose your TMJ, and decide whether orthognathic surgery may be a good option for your treatment. Call us today at (804) 556-1233, or come to our office at 4805 Lake Brook Drive, Suite #150, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

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