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If you experience a traumatic facial injury or you have a misaligned bite, jaw surgery can restore symmetry to your smile and make daily activities like biting, chewing, and speaking easier. At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, with two locations in the Bayside area of Queens and Manhattan's Upper East Side, expert oral and maxillofacial surgeons Scott Goldstein, MS, DDS, and Peter Rosa, DDS, MD, FACS, regularly perform jaw surgery. To schedule your appointment, call the New York City office nearest you or book online today.
Jaw surgery is a type of oral and maxillofacial surgery designed to correct problems with your jawbone. It’s regularly used to improve the function of the jaw and teeth, as well as to improve your facial appearance. This improves your confidence and self-esteem, while making it easier to breathe, bite, chew, and speak.
If you have alignment issues that don’t respond to orthodontic treatment, jaw surgery provides a safe and effective means of treatment, but only for adults. Jaw surgery provides the best results after growth stops, which is usually between the ages of 18-21.
The team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants performs jaw surgery for a variety of reasons. They might recommend this type of treatment to:
You might also benefit from jaw surgery if you have a severe case of sleep apnea. By improving the alignment of your jaw, it’s easier to breathe when you’re sleeping.
Before your Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants provider can perform jaw surgery, you wear braces for 12-18 months. This levels and aligns your teeth, increasing your chances of a successful surgical outcome.
Depending on the cause of your misaligned jaw, your provider might also have you wear temporary orthodontic anchoring devices to speed up the treatment process. In some cases, these devices may eliminate the need for surgery altogether.
After removing your braces, your provider develops a custom treatment plan with virtual surgical planning. This guides your provider during surgery, to ensure the process is both safe and effective.
If you need jaw surgery as a result of a traumatic injury, your provider might recommend wiring your jaw shut and letting it partially heal, prior to moving forward with an operation.
Only a qualified oral and maxillofacial surgeon like the team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants can determine if you’re a good candidate for jaw surgery.
Following a thorough oral exam, discussion of your goals for treatment, and a review of your medical history, your provider develops an individualized care plan that aligns with your needs.
To schedule a jaw surgery consultation at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates and Advanced Dental Implants, call the New York City office nearest you or book online today.