Jaw Surgery

Jaw Surgery

Unbeatable Orthodontic Care in New York

Owl Orthodontics is proud to 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 for our patients ranging from various types of braces to palatal expanders to thumb and finger sucking appliances for our youngest patients. We strive to make our patients as comfortable as possible by providing an environment of trust and open communication where the individual orthodontic needs of each patient are heard and met. When it comes to conditions that require serious interventions such as jaw surgery, you mustchoose a provider that offers the highest quality treatment, we are that provider.

Understanding Jaw Surgery

At Owl Orthodontics, you can feel confident that you are receiving the highest quality care during jaw surgery. This type of surgery can usually be performed entirely inside of your mouth which means you won’t develop any facial scars. Jaw surgery is a procedure that takes place in a hospital and typically requires a stay of one to two days. During the procedure, 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. In this case, your surgeon takes bone from your hip, leg or rib to transfer to your jaw during surgery.

In most cases, your orthodontist will place braces on your teeth before surgeryto level and align your teeth. Your jaw will take approximately three to six weeks to heal from surgery.  Once healed, your orthodontist will finish aligning your teeth and eventually remove the braces. The entire orthodontic process may take anywhere from 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 is typically performed to correct one or more of the following issues:

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

A maxillary osteotomy will happen entirely inside your mouth (leaving no facial scars), your surgeon will start by cutting the bone above your teeth (below both eye sockets) allowing the entire top jaw 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 be placed to hold the bone in its new position. The screws are smaller than a bracket and will eventually become integrated into the bone structure.

An open bite occurs when excess bone grows above the molars, causing the surface to become angled. When you bite down, the molars touch but the front teeth fail to 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 a 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. The jaw will then slide smoothly into its new position. Screws will be placed to hold the jawbone together until it heals.

Chin Surgery (genioplasty):

A deficient chin often accompanies a severely receded lower jaw. The deficient chin can be fixed by a procedure called genioplasty, where your 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 will design a custom treatment plan to correct any orthodontic issues that may arise. We can assure you that our skill, extensive training, and vast experience have prepared us for almost anything, and we look forward to listening to your needs anddiscussing your treatment options. To call one of our offices, please visit our locations page and find the most convenient locationfor you. You can also fill out an appointment request online. We look forward to hearing from you soon!