Certain structural issues with the jaw can render traditional orthodontic treatment ineffective. In these situations, orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, may be needed to address abnormalities that can’t be fixed with braces. At Braces By Dr. Ruth, we may recommend orthognathic surgery in Nashville for some patients.
To learn about corrective jaw surgery and our other services, please call (615) 323-2026 for a consultation.
Corrective Jaw Surgery Improves Function
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform orthognathic surgery to correct a variety of dental and skeletal irregularities. The main purpose of the surgery is to correct functional problems, but many people find their appearance is significantly enhanced after the surgery.
Orthognathic surgery can treat a variety of problems such as:
- Trouble chewing or swallowing food
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Receding chin and lower jaw
- Birth defects
- Chronic jaw pain or headaches
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Excessive tooth wear
- Other facial structure problems
We examine all options before recommending orthognathic surgery in Nashville. If surgery is necessary, Dr. Ruth will refer you to a surgeon, who will determine which corrective procedure is best for you and perform the actual surgery. Dr. Ruth and your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will work together to provide the most effective treatment plan to meet your unique needs.
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It is important to understand that corrective jaw issues and other facial structure problems are often complex and treatment may take a few years. You may need to wear braces before surgery, after surgery, or get orthodontic treatment both before and after surgery to get the desired result. The good news is that the surgery will help you get the best possible results from your braces.
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