At Dr. Scott McElroy’s San Ramon, CA orthodontic office, we take pride in offering our patients conservative treatment plans whenever possible. We understand that most patients would prefer discreet and less-invasive treatment alternatives whenever possible when it comes to orthodontia. However, there are some orthodontic concerns that are simply only treatable through the use of orthognathic surgery.
Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, can be used to remedy severe orthodontic problems involving the relationship between the teeth and jaws. This includes the correction of underbites, congenital abnormalities related to jaw development, and even sleep apnea. In most cases, patients who require jaw surgery will pursue it in coordination with an orthodontic treatment plan that also includes braces or other orthodontic appliances.
Jaw Surgery in San Ramon, CA
Jaw surgery must always be performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon to ensure the best results and patient safety. We offer some surgical procedures in-office, while others will need to be done at the hospital. Our team happily works together with your restorative or general dentist as well as the oral surgeon to ensure everyone is on the same page regarding your treatment plan. After the surgery is complete, we will monitor the progress of your healing smile and ensure that you are on track for your dream smile–before, during, and after surgery. Jaw surgery may be recommended to address the following orthodontic concerns:
- Open bite, protruding jaw or receding chin
- Cleft palates
- Severe underbites or overbites
- Severe obstructive sleep apnea
- Severe TMJ pain
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth
- Facial trauma
Why do I need jaw surgery?
Not all patients will require jaw surgery. Our office makes every effort to provide you with conservative treatment plans, but there is a skeletal component to addressing orthodontic concerns that can sometimes result in the need for surgery. There is only so much that can be done externally to address issues with your jawbone. The good news is that the sedation and anesthesia utilized in jaw surgery will keep you comfortable during the process so that you do not experience any pain during the procedure. Additionally, we will recommend appropriate pain medications (prescription or over-the-counter) as needed following the surgery.
Orthognathic Surgery FAQs
How long do you have braces before orthognathic surgery?
Before orthographic surgery, patients typically wear braces for 12-18 months. This preps patients teeth and begins to align them for surgery. Braces before surgery will increase the success rate of your procedure.
What is the success rate of orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery has been shown to help patients with breathing issues, sleep apnea, and snoring. Studies have shown that orthographic surgery has over a 90% success rate.
Is orthognathic surgery painful?
During the surgery, patients will be put under using anesthesia, so they will feel no pain. Once anesthetic wears off, patients may experience sore or tender pain for a couple of days. OTC painkillers can help regulate temporary discomfort and pain.
Schedule An Orthodontic Exam
If you are looking for an experienced orthodontist in the San Ramon, CA area, come visit Dr. McElroy. He will consult with you on the current condition of your smile and offer you treatment plans that best meet your needs. If your treatment plan includes jaw surgery, our team will work with you to ensure you get the care you need. We look forward to seeing you soon and helping you achieve your dream smile.