A High-Tech Approach to Corrective Jaw Surgery
Dr. Nicole Eisenberg and our team are leaders in corrective jaw surgery in Knoxville, Tennessee. As a board-certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Dr. Eisenberg has the specialized training to fix a wide range of skeletal and dental irregularities with corrective jaw surgery, technically called orthognathic surgery. Though orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems, such as difficulty with chewing, speaking and breathing, it can have the added benefit of dramatically enhancing your appearance. At our custom-built, state-of-the-art practice, we use the most cutting-edge surgical diagnostic and treatment technologies for exceptional outcomes, less downtime and optimal safety. To find out if you’re a candidate for Knoxville orthognathic surgery, schedule a consultation with Dr. Eisenberg online or by calling us at (865) 410-3075.
What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is a collection of surgical procedures that are used to manipulate or reposition the upper and/or lower jawbones in an effort to fix different dental and facial irregularities, such as a protruding or receding jaw, a deficient chin, an open bite, facial asymmetries, and more. Dr. Eisenberg will work with your dentist and orthodontist to determine if you’re a candidate for corrective surgery.
In most cases, your treatment will also involve orthodontics before and after surgery. This is because repositioning the jaws will also reposition your teeth. The entire process can take several years to complete. Your orthodontist will be responsible for aligning your teeth with braces or clear aligners. As an Oral Surgeon, Dr. Eisenberg’s role will be determining which type of corrective jaw surgery is needed and performing the actual surgery.
Benefits Of Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery aligns the teeth and jaws, allowing for proper chewing, biting, breathing and speaking.
Enhances Your Appearance
The surgery will improve your facial appearance by fixing asymmetry, creating balance and giving you a fantastic smile.
Boosts Long-Term Oral Health
Properly aligning the jaws prevents excessive wear of teeth, reduces undue pressure on the gums, bone and temporomandibular joints (TMJ), and makes brushing and flossing easier.
Who Needs Corrective Jaw Surgery?
- Difficulty biting into or chewing food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain and headaches
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- An open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- An unbalanced facial appearance from the side or front
- A facial injury
- Certain birth defects
- A receding lower jaw and chin
- A protruding jaw
- An inability to make your lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea
Usually, you’ll start the process about nine to 18 months before the surgery with orthodontic treatment. You’ll wear braces or clear aligners under your orthodontist’s care to shift your teeth into place. Dr. Eisenberg will work with your orthodontist to develop a cohesive treatment plan and ensure that tooth and jaw movements are coordinated to give you the best functional and aesthetic outcome.
Once certain tooth movements are achieved, corrective jaw surgery will be performed under general anesthesia. Dr. Eisenberg’s exact technique will depend on the type of corrective jaw surgery you need and the severity of the issue we’re correcting. In general, it will involve repositioning the upper or lower jaw and securing it in place with plates and screws.
After surgery, there will be a healing period that lasts several months. While it can take a while to regain full jaw function, the good news is that when your swelling goes down, you’ll see results. However, there will be one final step. A month or two after your surgery, your orthodontist will finetune your tooth alignment and bite, so you’ll likely wear your braces or aligners for another six months to a year. While corrective jaw surgery is a long-term commitment, when it’s needed, it will bring about the most dramatic, stable results.
Your Comfort is Our Top Priority
At our Knoxville, Tennessee oral surgery practice, we rely on cutting-edge technology and our in-depth experience to offer high quality care to patients of all ages in a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere. If you’re ready to maintain or restore your oral health and smile aesthetics, schedule a visit with us today!