Things to Know Prior to Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
Posted on 12/20/2019 by Tricia Ramsay
Jaw reconstruction surgery is performed by a special surgeon called a maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). An OMS specializes in correcting facial bones and teeth. OMS's work with many different specialists to come up with a plan on how to effectively help patients seeking reconstruction.
Why Should It Be Done?
Jaw reconstruction surgery can be done for a variety of reasons. Jaw reconstruction surgery is a viable option for people who have trouble biting and chewing due to a misaligned jaw, problems speaking because of their jaw structure, and to correct overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Jaw reconstruction surgery is generally implemented to improve quality of life, however, it can be used for cosmetic purposes like improving the jaw line and creating a more pronounced chin.
Who It Can Help The Most?
It is particularly helpful for people who grind their teeth because of misalignment. Constant teeth grinding damages the teeth's macerating surfaces over time and can even be extremely painful. Reconstruction surgery for people afflicted with perpetual teeth grinding will help them to stop grinding teeth and save their teeth so that they can last their whole life.
When Should This Option Be Considered?
Jaw reconstruction surgery is good for people who are over the age where the jaw has stopped growing and changing. Jaw growth stops for most females at 16 years old while male jaw growth can continue until 21 years old. Jaw reconstruction surgery is not a viable option for people under the ages, because the jaw may continue to grow undoing the work done. However, it may be necessary for people under these ages if the structure of the jaw is life threatening.
If you are wondering about jaw reconstruction surgery, please make an appointment at our office. We will be able to provide you with more information, and we'll determine whether or not you are a good candidate. We can go over your options as well as help you through the process of getting jaw reconstruction surgery.