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Jaw Surgery

When your jaw is out of alignment, everyday tasks, such as chewing, swallowing, and speaking, are more difficult and sometimes even painful.

Corrective jaw surgery can have a dramatic & positive effect on many aspects of your life by creating a more harmonious bite and appearance.

So how can corrective jaw surgery change your life?

Corrective Jaw Surgery Can Eliminate Chronic Pain and Improve Your Appearance

Realigning your jaw can enhance your appearance.
When your jaw is out of alignment, your face can look unbalanced. Corrective jaw surgery can adjust the proportions of your face for a more symmetrical appearance.

Corrective jaw surgery can make eating simpler.
Misalignment in your jaw can cause difficulty chewing, biting, and swallowing. When your jaw and teeth meet properly, you can eat with ease.

Adjusting your jaw can make breathing and speaking easier. 
Often, jaw misalignment can cause breathing problems, such as sleep apnea or snoring, and also disrupt the way you naturally speak.

Why Should I Undergo Corrective Jaw Surgery?

But Isn't Surgery Expensive? Is It Really Worth It?

Jaw surgery is often a medical necessity and prevents potentially serious health concerns. In many cases, insurance will cover a large portion of the procedure, making corrective jaw surgery more affordable.

The typical cost of the procedure, including fees and follow-up care, can range from $20,000 to 40,000. 

Through a combination of orthodontics and surgery, this procedure can improve the function of your jaw and your overall appearance.

Treatment Timeline for a Better Bite

Fully correcting the alignment of your jaw can take several years from start to finish. Generally, your dentist, orthodontist, and surgeon will work together to develop the best plan for you. 

First Steps

In general, patients need braces to align their teeth before surgery. Typically, alignment takes 12 to 18 months. 

Undergoing Surgery

Jaw surgery is performed by a surgeon under general anesthesia in a hospital. The jawbone is incised and may be augmented, reshaped, or adjusted. Alterations are held in place with permanent hardware. Corrective jaw surgery can address your upper jaw, lower jaw, chin, or a combination. 

After the Procedure

You may need to stay in the hospital for two to four nights after surgery. 

Recovery

Most patients can return to work or school within one to three weeks, but full healing can take up to three months.

Final Adjustments

After about six weeks, your orthodontist may recommend a second round of braces, which can take several more months to complete.

You Have Options

Some patients with jaw misalignments decide against surgery. If your jaw is only slightly out of alignment, your orthodontist may be able to realign your teeth and bite with braces or Invisalign®.

Other patients can reduce jaw discomfort with oral appliance therapy. However, in some cases, the only way to really address painful symptoms is through surgery.

When your jaw is aligned properly, your teeth fit together naturally for smooth, easy function and an improved appearance. Schedule an appointment and discover the difference good alignment can make.

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Our dentists and team of qualified professionals want every patient to love their smile. They are members of trusted dental organizations, including:

  • American Dental Association
  • New Jersey Dental Association
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • Academy of General Dentistry

Our dental care is affordable, and we offer flexible financing options to help you pay for treatment. To schedule a consultation at one of our 14 locations, call or contact us online.

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