Jaw surgery and a treatment plan can correct the type of malocclusion where the lower and upper sets of teeth do not properly align, an open bite, refers to the appearance that a patient’s mouth is always open due to abnormalities in jawbone alignment. Fortunately, by taking an interdisciplinary approach with orthodontics, dental work, and oral and maxillofacial surgery, malocclusions can be corrected. Your oral surgeon is an expert with jaw surgery. After a thorough examination and analysis of your bite, your oral surgeon can develop a treatment plan that corrects the underlying causes of a misaligned bite.
A dental malocclusion of any type can pose serious risks to oral health and a patient’s quality of life. When the upper and lower jaws do not align properly, patients normally experience stress and discomfort around their jawbone area, untimely tooth wear, and difficulty eating foods properly. Genetics, developmental, and birth abnormalities can contribute to malocclusions and open bites.
A multi-disciplinary approach to correct malocclusions involves your jaw surgery expert, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, working with a dentist and an orthodontist to restore teeth, gums, and reposition the jaws so that they align properly and comfortably. This approach, commonly referred to as orthognathic surgery, will involve a customized treatment plan that may include restorative dental work such as crowns to build up a patient’s bite; orthodontic treatment to straighten teeth; and corrective jaw surgery that realigns the jaws to a healthy position.
After treatment is completed, patients will enjoy restored tooth and oral function along with a more comfortable and attractive-looking alignment of the upper and lower jaws. They will also experience relief from strain on the tissues and joints surrounding the jawbone along with a reduction in tooth wear and tear.
By taking a comprehensive approach, your team of dental professionals will work together to ensure that you enjoy optimal oral function and an attractive smile.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford’s office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115