Orthognathic Surgery in Wailuku, HI
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Do your top and bottom jaws line up correctly? Do your teeth fit comfortably within your jaw? Similar to the way in which braces straighten teeth, corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. Also referred to as orthognathic surgery, this procedure improves your facial appearance while making sure your teeth line up and function properly.
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Signs You May Need Jaw Surgery
The best candidates for jaw (orthognathic) surgery are those with an improper bite or jaws that aren’t positioned correctly. If you’ve found that your upper and lower jaws are growing at different rates, you may be experiencing problems with chewing, speech, oral health, and appearance. Injury and birth defects also affect jaw alignment—an issue that can be correct with jaw surgery.
Repositioning of your jaw may be required if you have difficulty in one of the following areas:
- Chewing, biting, or swallowing
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Jaw Surgery to Treat Sleep Apnea
If you struggle with sleep apnea, a disorder in which a person repeatedly stops breathing while asleep, your jaw bones may not be working in tandem with muscles around your face and neck. We use corrective jaw surgery to realign your jaws and teeth and open up your airway. We have patients that have said that the whole family slept better once the patient’s snoring was corrected through surgery. Corrective jaw surgery can be a solution for those dealing with excessive fatigue, loud snoring, sleepiness during the day, and morning headaches, all due to sleep apnea.
Consultation and Evaluation
Dr. Strawn begins the process of evaluating your jaw by performing a complete examination with X-rays and by collecting your medical history, including when your symptoms began—at birth or after birth as a result of hereditary factors, environmental influences, or trauma. We answer all your questions and work with you to create a treatment plan that aligns with your goals.
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Technology and Technique
Before surgery, Dr. Strawn uses comprehensive facial X-rays and computer video imaging to visually show patients proposed treatments, such as the way in which you jaw will be improved after surgery. She works closely with referring dentists and orthodontists to ensure optimal comprehensive care. We look forward to facilitating movement of your teeth and jaws that will enable a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
We partner with your dentist and orthodontist during treatment to ensure optimal and comprehensive care and a smile that you find more functional, attractive, and healthy.
What to Expect During Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery is a one-to-four-hour procedure that is performed in the hospital. Our patients typically stay in the hospital for one to three days.
The recovery phase, which can take up to a year, is when the greatest impact of orthognathic surgery takes place. You may not regain your normal chewing function for a couple months, but we will schedule weekly appointments with you during that time to ensure you are well taking care of. You will want to plant to schedule 2 weeks to one month off from work or school.