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Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Help Fix My TMJ Problem

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
Can Corrective Jaw Surgery Help Fix My TMJ ProblemAn OMS is a dental specialist who performs procedures such as corrective jaw surgery. This surgery corrects a range of dental and skeletal irregularities including jaw and teeth misalignment. It is sometimes referred to as orthognathic surgery and may require different templates, wires, screws, and surgical plates to perform.

Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery

The American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) lists some of the conditions that could necessitate the need for having corrective jaw surgery. If you have difficulty chewing and biting food or even swallowing, you may need surgery. People with chronic jaw pain and jaw joint pain and headaches may also need corrective jaw surgery. If your teeth are excessively worn down, this surgery may help. People with open bite, unbalanced facial appearance, birth defects affecting the face, facial injury, and protruding jaw can correct the imperfections with corrective jaw surgery. Also, if you have sleep apnea, you may need to see a specialist in corrective jaw surgery.

How Corrective Jaw Surgery fixes TMJ

Various types of surgery are available to fix TMJ issues. The procedure you receive to treat your TMJ problem varies depending on your needs. Some surgery involves injecting fluid inside the joint to help relieve stiffness and restore range of motion. Other surgeries are quite invasive such as scar tissue removal or joint reshaping. A discectomy may be performed in extreme cases to replace or repair the disc. One thing to mention is that in all instances, an OMS performing surgery for TMJ aims at relieving pain and improving the range of motion.

If you are experiencing persistent pain within the TMJ area or have problems opening and closing the jaw completely, visit our oral and maxillofacial specialists to start a treatment plan. Corrective jaw surgery performed by our dental team helps improve chewing and biting or even speech. It helps correct facial imbalance, underbite, overbite, crossbite, or small chin.

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