Corrective Jaw Surgery for Independence, Blue Springs and Lee's Summit MO
If your jaws don’t fit together quite like they should, it can make daily activities like eating, drinking, talking, and even just sleeping way more difficult than they should be. Instead of living with pain in your jaw, and those other uncomfortable or irritating issues, try corrective jaw surgery!
Dental Excellence is one of the best multi-speciality dental clinics in Independence, Blue Springs, or Lees Summit, Missouri. With a team of experienced dental specialists that have been working together for over 40 years, we can help you decide if corrective jaw surgery is right for you.
What Is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Orthognathic, or simply put, jaw surgery, is used to fix issues of the jaw related to bone growth, tooth alignment, and mouth “bite.” Ideally, your teeth are supposed to fit together when resting, and if yours doesn’t, corrective jaw surgery can help fix that. Depending on the severity of the condition, patients should be aware that the overall treatment process may take some time.
Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?
It can be difficult to decide if you would benefit from corrective jaw surgery! Because patients are so unique, it’s important that we decide what is best for patients based on a case-by-case basis. However, patients needing corrective jaw surgery often report the same kind of symptoms. If you are suffering from any one of the below symptoms, it’s important that you call our office for your treatment options today.
Difficulty chewing, speaking, or moving the jaw.
Speech impediments and other speech-related issue.
An underbite, overbite, or any other “bite” related issues.
Chronic jaw or TMJ pain.
Problems with sleep apnea.
Misaligned jaw, facial, or nose bones.
A protruding or protruding jaw line.
Birth defects affecting your jaw or facial bones.
Problems with loose or sensitive teeth.
What Can I Expect from the Procedure?
Deciding on corrective jaw surgery is often scary and overwhelming for most patients. Before deciding on a treatment, Dental Excellence will make sure that you are aware of all the risks and benefits of your treatment. And, most of all, we will make sure that the chosen treatment is really the right choice for your oral health.
If you decided to receive corrective jaw surgery, you will meet with one of our oral and maxillofacial surgeons. When teamed up with one of our best in-house orthodontic specialists, our maxillofacial surgeon can best decide what treatment option is best for you. We will perform a general exam complete with dental x-rays (and models, need be) to determine your need for corrective jaw surgery.
In many cases, it is recommended that patients wear orthodontic braces for a period of time to align the teeth and jaw prior to corrective jaw surgery. After you have received any necessary treatments pre-procedure, you’ll come into our office for your corrective jaw surgery.
When surgery is performed on the upper jaw (maxillary surgery), it is moved into the correct position and held in place with small wires, rubber bands, and screws. When operating on the lower jaw (or the mandible) bone grafts are most often used to align the jaw in the correct position. Recovery is time-intensive, so patients should keep this in mind.
In most oral surgeries, patients are treated with anesthesia prior to surgery for their comfort. Patients do experience a bit of pain following the surgery, and prescription pain medications may be available depending on the severity. We will recommend a cleaning, eating, and general care post-op regimen. It’s important that patients follow our post-operation care instructions for the quickest possible recovery time!
Why Choose Dental Excellence?
Our board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Lucaci
is one of the best in the area for corrective jaw surgery. With a degree in dental surgery from the University of Missouri, Dr. Lucaci spent the years following as the Chief Resident of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at a local hospital. After earning himself an award or two like the Mosby Award of Surgical Excellence, and the Surgical Achievement award, Dr. Lucaci ended up with our team at Dental Excellence. Dr. Lucaci and our team of professional orthodontists are highly trained, and highly capable to work together to provide you with the kind of quality treatment at corrective jaw surgery that you deserve.
Sleep apnea, chronic migraines, and difficulty chewing are dental problems that can affect every aspect of day-to-day life. Don’t live with the pain for another day and call Dental Excellence for a consultation appointment, today! We want to help you find a solution that will leave you feeling great about your teeth.