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Jaw Surgery – Colorado Springs/Pueblo, CO

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Overview

Our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgical team is committed to improving the lives and well-being of our patients through advanced specialty care. While orthodontics can guide tooth movement in the jaw to improve the bite and general oral function, some patients also require a surgical approach to aligning the upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws. Corrective jaw surgery, also referred to as orthognathic surgery, is a type of treatment we offer that addresses jaw and teeth misalignment along with a range of other dental and skeletal abnormalities. Through this surgical approach, we can reposition the jaw to improve a patient’s ability to bite, chew, breathe, and speak normally and even enhance the overall appearance of the face by surgically aligning the upper and lower jaws. Our oral surgeons may collaborate closely with your general dentist and orthodontist to comprehensively treat any jaw repositioning and teeth misalignment conditions. A number of corrective jaw surgery treatments may be used to enhance the quality of life and might be an important step in your overall treatment plan. If you or your family member have conditions that could be improved through specialized orthognathic surgery, get in touch with our team today to schedule your personalized treatment consultation.

Best Candidates

Orthodontics and oral surgery often work together to bring health and proper oral function to the lives of our patients who have dentofacial irregularities. These treatments can also have the added benefit of enhancing facial balance and aesthetics. Improving the alignment of your jaw can have a significant impact on your overall comfort and quality of living. Corrective jaw surgery may be part of a comprehensive treatment plan that includes both orthodontics and oral and maxillofacial surgery. Depending on your unique treatment needs, you may undergo tooth movement before or after receiving orthognathic surgery. Our team will consult with your orthodontist and general dentist to determine whether orthodontic treatment or jaw surgery should be performed first.

Patients may be candidates for jaw surgery when bone growth in the jaw has stopped, usually around the ages of 17 – 21 in males and 14 – 16 in females. Without proper treatment for dental and skeletal abnormalities, the ability to bite, chew, speak, and breathe comfortably and properly may be impaired. Over time, the health of the gums, teeth, and jaw joints may also be affected. Meeting with one of our experienced and caring oral and maxillofacial surgeons can help you or your family member overcome a wide range of jaw alignment issues that result from:

  • A protruding jaw
  • A receding jaw or chin
  • Openbite
  • Sleep apnea
  • Biting or chewing difficulties
  • Swallowing difficulties
  • Breathing problems
  • An inability to close lips together
  • TMJ (jaw joint) dysfunction
  • Jaw or facial injuries
  • Birth defects
  • Facial imbalance

What to Expect

Our Colorado-based oral surgery facilities offer a range of treatment approaches to correct and reconstruct the jaw to improve oral function, facial symmetry, and your overall appearance. During your treatment consultation for corrective jaw surgery, our team may use advanced imaging technology to capture detailed diagnostic images of your face, teeth, and jawbones. We will talk with you about your oral health concerns and examine your mouth, jaw, and TMJ to fully evaluate your overall condition. Working closely with your general dentist and orthodontist, our surgeons will create your ideal treatment plan and discuss with you the options best suited for your needs. Many patients may have pre-orthodontic treatment before undergoing corrective jaw surgery along with post-orthodontic care when the surgical phase is complete.

Corrective jaw surgery with our highly skilled and experienced team may be performed within one of our state-of-the-art surgical suites or in a hospital setting where our oral surgeons maintain privileges. Surgery usually lasts between 2 – 4 hours, depending on the type of procedure and your unique condition. General anesthesia is typically used during jaw surgery treatments. As a highly qualified team, we always put your safety first and monitor your vitals throughout your entire procedure.

Recovery

Many patients who undergo corrective jaw surgery do not need to stay overnight in the hospital. Immediately following your surgery, you will be moved to a recovery room until the general anesthesia wears off. You will be given instructions on what to eat, how to care for your mouth, and other important information to follow after you leave the hospital or our surgical center. Depending on your unique situation, you may have an acrylic appliance splinted to your jaw to maintain a certain position while you heal or rubber bands guiding your jaw when you open and close. You will likely have some swelling and soreness in the jaw and face. Our surgeons may recommend ice packs against the face and may prescribe pain medication for comfort. Please get in touch with our team right away if you have any questions, concerns, or issues during the healing phase.

We will have you return for a follow-up visit a few weeks later to evaluate your healing and progress. Patients who have jaw surgery can often return to work or school within about 1 – 3 weeks following their procedure. Complete healing and stabilization of the jaw may take up to 9 – 12 months.

Insurance Coverage

Since jaw surgery is mostly performed to repair jaw function rather than for aesthetic concerns, some dental insurance companies do regard this type of care as medically necessary. Our team will reach out to your provider to learn about your plan and determine if coverage is offered. To help cover personal costs for care, our Colorado oral surgery facilities are pleased to accept a range of payment methods, including medical financing options.

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery may be necessary in combination with orthodontics to realign the upper and lower jaws to improve oral function and general comfort. This type of procedure from our team of compassionate oral and maxillofacial surgeons may help you or your loved one be better able to eat, talk, and breathe with greater ease. To learn if corrective jaw surgery might help improve your quality of living, get in touch with our team and schedule your consultation today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.