Corrective Jaw Surgery

Jonathan Shouhed, DDS -  - Orthodontist

West LA Orthodontics

Jonathan Shouhed, DDS

Orthodontist located in Culver City, West Los Angeles, CA

Patients with misaligned bites can greatly benefit from corrective jaw surgery. Jonathan Shouhed, DDS, and the team of dental experts at West LA Orthodontics in Los Angeles have markedly improved many patients’ oral health, facial aesthetics, and overall health with safe and effective surgeries to reposition their jaws into a more functional alignment. To learn more about how corrective jaw surgery can enhance your quality of life, schedule an appointment today at the Culver City area practice by calling the office or booking your visit online.

Corrective Jaw Surgery Q & A

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a procedure that’s performed to correct malocclusions, a condition where your teeth don’t properly come together when you bite down.

Do I need corrective jaw surgery?

Some of the indications that you might be suffering from a malocclusion that would benefit from jaw surgery at West LA Orthodontics include:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Problems with your speech
  • TMJ disorder or chronic jaw pain
  • Breathing problems, such as snoring or sleep apnea
  • A jaw, chin, and nose that are misaligned

Some of the conditions that cause malocclusion can be hereditary and present at birth, while others can develop due to environmental factors or physical trauma.

What conditions can corrective jaw surgery treat?

Orthognathic surgery at West LA Orthodontics can correct a wide range of problems with your jaw or bite, such as:

  • Crossbite
  • Open bite
  • An upper or lower jaw that significantly recedes or protrudes
  • Teeth that are too visible or not visible enough
  • Reduced growth of the middle of the face (midfacial hypoplasia)

Corrective jaw surgery can also correct a small or deficient chin.

What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery has a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Improving jaw joint function
  • Minimizing excessive wear and tear on your teeth
  • Making it easier to chew, speak, and swallow properly
  • Providing relief from breathing problems like obstructive sleep apnea
  • Promoting better periodontal health

In addition to all of its medical benefits, orthognathic surgery also improves the aesthetic appearance of your face by correcting imbalances and asymmetry.

What happens during corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery begins with a consultation at West LA Orthodontics. Dr. Shouhed uses comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging to show you how he can improve your bite, and can even show you a projection of how your face will look after surgery.

The particulars of jaw surgery vary depending on the condition being corrected, but most jaw surgeries are done in a hospital under general anesthesia and require you to stay in the hospital for two to four days.

In general, jaw surgery involves making cuts in your jawbones, moving them into the correct position, and then securing them in place with tiny bone plates, screws, wires, and rubber bands. Some patients might need extra bone added to their jaw, in which case bone is grafted from your hip, leg, or rib.

Healing takes between six and twelve weeks, after which point Dr. Shouhed might also recommend aligning your teeth with braces and using a retainer to make sure that everything stays in place.

To learn more about corrective jaw surgery, or to get started with yours, schedule an appointment today with West LA Orthodontics by calling the office or booking a visit online.