Corrective Jaw Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery

Northern Virginia Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Dental Implant Surgeons located in Burke, VA, Reston, VA & Alexandria, VA

Do you still have a misaligned bite, even after orthodontic treatment? If so, corrective jaw surgery is worth considering. At Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery in Burke, Alexandria, and Reston, Virginia, the team regularly performs corrective jaw surgery to fix misalignments and improve the physical appearance and function of their patients' jaws. To make your appointment, call or click the online booking tool today.

Corrective Jaw Surgery Q & A

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a type of operation designed to improve a range of major and minor skeletal or dental irregularities. In addition to improving the physical appearance of your smile, corrective jaw surgery also makes it easier to eat, speak, and breathe. 

Corrective jaw surgery isn’t a quick fix. To achieve the best results, your provider might recommend orthodontics before and after treatment. Depending on the severity of your issues, a series of operations might also be necessary. 

What types of issues can corrective jaw surgery correct?

Corrective jaw surgery is incredibly versatile and can treat several jaw and oral problems, including: 

  • Difficulty chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Open bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Congenital disabilities

The team at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery might also recommend corrective jaw surgery if you suffer a facial injury as a result of, for example, playing sports, or an automobile accident. 

What type of corrective jaw surgery is right for me?

To determine what type of corrective jaw surgery, you'll most benefit from, your Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery provider examines your teeth, gums, and jawbones. Your provider then reviews your medical history and asks about the symptoms you're experiencing. 

Your provider also takes a series of X-rays to get a closer look at your jaws, tooth roots, and facial structure.

After gathering your information, the oral surgeon works in coordination with your dentist to develop a treatment plan that aligns with your needs. Depending on your symptoms, this might include correcting an open bite, addressing a protruding jaw, or surgically restoring a receding lower jaw or weak chin.

What is the recovery process like following corrective jaw surgery?

Following corrective jaw surgery, the Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery team provides you with a list of careful recovery instructions. Typically, this includes diet modifications and the use of retainers or other orthodontic appliances. To ease any swelling or discomfort, you may receive prescription painkillers. Make sure to take your medication as prescribed and attend all of your follow-up appointments. 

If you experience a fever, severe pain, or other signs of infection in the days following your operation, don’t hesitate to contact your provider. Your comfort and quick recovery is their top priority. 

To learn more about the benefits of corrective jaw surgery, make an appointment at Northern Virginia Oral, Maxillofacial & Implant Surgery over the phone or click the online booking tool today.