If you struggle with severe bite imbalance, orthodontic treatment alone may not be enough to correct the problem. Dr. Tim S. Trulove can coordinate your orthognathic surgery at his Montgomery, AL-area practice. Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, can realign your jaw to improve your oral health. After determining your candidacy for surgery, Dr. Trulove will provide appropriate orthodontic care prior to your jaw surgery. Orthognathic surgery can be a transformative process, and we help to make it as easy as possible. Contact Dr. Trulove to learn whether orthognathic surgery may be right for you.
Orthognathic surgery can realign the jaws for improved comfort and oral health.
Candidates for Orthognathic Surgery
If you struggle with severe jaw misalignment, you may be a candidate for orthognathic surgery. However, you cannot undergo surgery if your jaw is still growing. Therefore, orthognathic surgery is considered an adult treatment only.
During your evaluation, Dr. Trulove will examine the balance of your bite, and will ask about any current mouth or jaw discomfort. If he finds any of the following symptoms, he may recommend jaw surgery:
- TMJ disorder
- A protruding lower or upper jaw
- A skeletal malformation
- Facial trauma or injury
- Sleep apnea
- Difficulty closing your mouth fully
- Serious tooth erosion
- Difficulty biting and chewing
Recognizing that orthognathic surgery is an extensive process, Dr. Trulove takes a conservative approach. He will never recommend this treatment if orthodontia is enough to improve your look and oral function. Advances in orthognathic surgery techniques have reduced discomfort and shortened recovery time following surgery.
The Treatment Process
Once it is identified that you are a candidate for jaw surgery, Dr. Trulove will refer you to an experienced specialist. He will meet with your surgeon, and they will work together as a team to ensure the most effective treatment. They will begin by determining the type of surgery that you require. They will plan out the procedure carefully, keeping you informed about the process, as well as the expected results.
Dr. Trulove and his partner surgeons have streamlined the process to shorten recovery time, allowing you to resume your normal activities quickly.
Next, Dr. Trulove will provide appropriate orthodontic care, typically using traditional or ceramic braces. You will usually need to wear the braces on your teeth for 9 to 18 months. Once this stage of the treatment is completed, we will schedule your surgery, which will take place at a local hospital.
The surgery can vary significantly, and depends on your health needs and current jaw alignment. Your surgeon may address your upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. Surgery can involve bone grafting or bone removal. Your surgeon may reposition your lower jaw. In most cases, the surgery will take about two hours.
The recovery for orthognathic surgery is minimal and usually very simple. During this time, you should get plenty of rest. You will also need to eat a modified diet, since you will not be able to chew many foods. Dr. Trulove and his partner surgeons have streamlined the process to shorten recovery time, allowing you to resume your normal activities quickly.
Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery
Following treatment, your jaw function will be greatly improved. Eating may be easier and more pleasant. You may even find that you can enjoy foods that previously caused many difficulties. Orthognathic surgery can ease headaches, jaw pain, and tension in your upper back. In addition, jaw surgery may also significantly enhance your appearance, improving your profile and facial proportions, giving you new-found confidence.
Contact Us Today
Orthognathic surgery is an important step in achieving a healthy and fully-functional smile. To find out more about orthognathic surgery, contact our practice today.