Jaw Surgery

Jaw Surgery

Unbeatable Orthodontic Care in New York

Here at Owl Orthodontics, we proudly serve the communities and surrounding communities of Amherst, Williamsville, Clarence, Buffalo, Lancaster-Depew, and Grand Island, NY with top-tier care. We provide comprehensive orthodontic care to our patients ranging from various types of braces to palatal expanders and thumb and finger sucking appliances for our little ones. We want our patients to feel at home during their orthodontic appointments and for them to feel like they are receiving the best care possible. When it comes to conditions that require serious treatments such as jaw surgery, it is crucial that you do not feel you are compromising on quality. We would love to be the office you choose if you are looking for quality treatment by professionals you can trust.

Understanding Jaw Surgery

At Owl Orthodontics, you can feel confident that you are receiving incredible care during jaw surgery. This type of surgery can usually be performed entirely inside of your mouth, which leaves no facial scars. This procedure will take place in the hospital and will generally require a stay of one to two days. Your surgeon will make cuts in the jawbones and move them into the correct position. Once your jaws are properly aligned, screws and bone plates will be used to secure the bones into their new position. In some cases, extra bone may be added to your jaw. When this is the case, your surgeon is able to transfer bone from your hip, leg or rib to use during surgery.

In most cases, your orthodontist will place braces on your teeth before surgery to level and align your teeth. After your jaw heals from surgery - which will usually take three to six weeks - your orthodontist will finish aligning your teeth and eventually remove the braces. The entire orthodontic process may take 12 to 24 months.

Types of Jaw Surgery

Depending on your situation, you may have jaw surgery performed on the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both. We can explain the differences in more detail below:

Upper Jaw (Maxillary Osteotomy):

A maxillary osteotomy may be performed to correct the following issues:

  • Significantly receded upper jaw
  • Crossbite
  • Too much or too little of the teeth showing
  • Open bite

All happening inside of your mouth, your surgeon will cut the bone above your teeth (below both eye sockets) so that the entire top jaw - including the roof of your mouth and your upper teeth - will be able to move as one unit. The jaw and upper teeth will be moved forward until they fit properly with the lower teeth.

Once the jaw is realigned, tiny screws and plates will hold the bone in its new position. These screws - which are smaller than a bracket used for braces - will become integrated into the bone structure over time.

An open bite occurs when excess bone grows above the molars, causing what is normally a flat and even surface to become angled. When you bite down, your molars touch but your front teeth don’t touch each other, making chewing difficult. To fix this, your surgeon will shave away or remove the excess bone.

Lower Jaw (Mandibular Osteotomy):

A significantly receded lower jaw can be corrected by a procedure called mandibular osteotomy. In this procedure, the surgeon will make a cut behind the molars as well as lengthwise down the jawbone so the front of the jaw can move as one unit. As a result, the jaw will slide smoothly into its new position. Screws will hold the jawbone together until it heals.

Chin Surgery (genioplasty):

A deficient chin often accompanies a severely receded lower jaw. Deficient chin can be fixed by a procedure called genioplasty, where you surgeon will cut your chin bone and secure it into a new position. Typically, surgeons can alter the jaw and restructure the chin during surgery.

Contact Your Comprehensive Orthodontic Care Providers Today

Our talented orthodontists are more than happy to help you with any orthodontic issue that may arise. We can assure you that our skill and extensive training have prepared us for almost anything, and we look forward to speaking with you about your options. If you would like to call one of our offices, please feel free to visit our locations page and find which is closest and most convenient to you. You can also fill out an appointment request online if you prefer. We look forward to hearing from you soon!