Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, may be recommended by our dentists to treat significant abnormalities in your upper and lower jaws, such as birth defects, growth defects, malocclusion, or traumatic injuries to the jaw. We invite you to call AZ Dental at 408-437-1111 to learn more about orthognathic surgery in San Jose, California, and schedule your consultation with Dr. The Phan.
We may recommend corrective jaw surgery to restore oral health and function if you experience the following problems:
- Tooth wear
- Chronic jaw and muscle pain
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Difficulty swallowing and chewing food
There are 3 main classifications for malocclusion which may require orthognathic surgery:
- Class I –the least destructive type of malocclusion, in which your lower anterior incisors sit directly behind the upper anterior incisors.
- Class II – commonly referred to as an overbite, this malocclusion can cause significant discomfort, bone damage, excessive wear of the front teeth, and tooth loss.
- Class III – also known as an underbite, this type of malocclusion makes your lower jaw much more prominent than your upper jaw.
Our doctors will perform a complete photographic analysis using panoramic X-rays, cephalometric X-rays, models, impressions, and radiographs. Our oral surgeon, orthodontists, and dentists will collaborate to determine the extent of the problems, and how your corrective surgery will impact the function of your jaw and the appearance of your face.
Following your treatment, we will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions and prescriptions for any needed medication. We may also make recommendations for a modified diet. Please be aware that you may require orthodontic treatment following your corrective surgery.
If you have questions about orthognathic surgery, and to schedule a consultation with our oral surgeon, please contact our office today.