Jaw REconstruction - PLAINVIEW, MASSAPEQUA & LEVITTOWN, NY

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Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws do not meet correctly and/or teeth do not adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.  

Jaw problems may be the result of hereditary factors or facial trauma. Either way, they can cause a host of difficulties for you each day. They can hinder critical activities like eating and breathing. They can cause ongoing physical pain. And if they impact your appearance, they can also make you self-conscious. Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. With corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, we can put those troubles behind you. 

Conditions We Treat with Jaw Surgery

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
  • Chronic jaw pain or TMJ pain
  • Open bite, crossbite, underbites, and overbites
  • Speech problems
  • Facial trauma or injury
  • Receding or protruding jaw
  • Breathing problems

Do You Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth abnormalities can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

At Plainview Massapequa Levittown Oral and Implant Surgery we use both modern computer-aided techniques and tangible three-dimensional models to pre-plan your procedure and show you precisely how we will conduct it. Comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging enable us to clearly demonstrate what improvements we’ll make in your bite and even provide a preview of what your face will look like following surgery. We feel it’s important for you to fully understand what’s involved in your proposed treatment and what to expect afterward.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs. Jurman, Rosenberg, Kneller, Fleischman, Bacigalupo, O’Rourke, Bass, Scharfenberger, or Hirsch will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

WHAT TO EXPECT

  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to four hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to three days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full
 function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.

Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

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Let’s put you on the path to full jaw health.