FAQ: The Basics Of Jaw Surgery

At the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen, Dr. Herrera specializes in a number of maxillofacial surgical procedures, including jaw surgery. Jaw surgery, also known as “orthognathic surgery”, is used to treat a number of different oral health issues. If you think you may need orthognathic surgery in Glen Allen, Shore Pump or Innsbrook, here are a few things to keep in mind:

Understanding Orthognathic Surgery – The Basics Of The Procedure

The term “orthognathic surgery” can actually refer to a large number of different procedures. “Ortho” is a Latin word meaning “straight” or “upright,” while “gnathic” refers to the jaws. Therefore, while orthognathic surgeries may vary somewhat, the purpose is always the same: to straighten the jaw and place it in a correct, healthy, and comfortable position.

Corrective jaw surgery is, as a rule, performed by a specialist OMS (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) such as Dr. Herrera. These treat issues ranging from minor bite problems to major misalignments of the jaw and teeth, or conditions that are interfering with proper breathing, and other such issues. Corrective jaw surgery may also be required to restore the shape of the face or jaw after a serious injury, like a car accident.

Why Would I Need Jaw Surgery?

There are a number of different reasons that orthognathic surgery may be recommended. Although an exam from Dr. Herrera will be required to determine if surgery is the right option, some of the most common indicators that you may need jaw surgery include:

  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing your food properly
  • Chronic jaw or joint pain, indicating that you may have TMJ/TMD  
  • Excessively worn teeth due to a bite misalignment
  • An “open bite” (a space between your lower and upper teeth that remains, even when the mouth is closed)
  • An unbalanced facial appearance from the side or the front, due to improper jaw placement
  • You have experienced a facial injury which damaged your jaw or moved it out of position
  • Your jaw or chin are protruding or receding improperly

These are just a few of the most common problems that may require orthognathic surgery. If you think you may need surgery to correct your jaw position, call us right away to set up a consultation with Dr. Herrera.

Get Your Appointment Today – See If Corrective Jaw Surgery Is Right For You!

In some cases, orthognathic surgery is not necessary. You may be able to correct your jaw position with orthodontics, or with a less-invasive form of therapy. However, if you are having any kind of issue with your jaw, you should see a professional oral and maxillofacial surgeon for a proper diagnosis.

Get the help you need from Dr. Herrera at the Center for Oral and Facial Surgery at Glen Allen. To schedule your appointment, just give us a call at (804) 556-1233, or come by our office at 4805 Lake Brook Drive, Suite #150, Glen Allen, Virginia 23060.

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