If your jaws don’t properly meet or if your teeth just don’t line up with your jaws, Dr. Douglas Hauck may recommend corrective jaw (orthognathic) surgery. Orthognathic surgery is often effectively used with orthodontic treatment to reposition a jaw that is not in line to ensure the optimal function of your jaw. As an added benefit, orthognathic surgery in Newport Beach, California, often improves the overall appearance of your face!
Reasons for Orthognathic Surgery
When the teeth and jaw don’t line up correctly, the powerful muscles that control the jaw are using the forces on an unprotected area in the mouth. This can lead to:
- Difficulty biting, swallowing, or chewing
- TMJ or jaw pain
- Difficulty speaking
- Bite misalignment
- Breathing problems
- Tooth sensitivity
- Jaw protrusion
- Headaches and migraines
- Injury to the jaw
Orthognathic Surgery Procedure
First, we will take a series of panoramic X-rays and cephalometric X-rays. We will also create impressions of your teeth. Dr. Douglas Hauck may work with other specialists to plan the orthognathic surgery so that it improves the function and appearance of your face.
Orthodontic treatment is usually the first step of treatment because it allows us to straighten the teeth and align the arches. Then, during the orthognathic surgery, we will use tiny wires, plates, screws, and rubber bands to correct the jaw. Any additional information regarding your unique situation will be given to you by Dr. Douglas Hauck or another healthcare specialist. For more information on orthognathic surgery or to schedule your consultation with our dentist, please call Douglas Hauck DDS, Inc. today.