What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Put simply, orthognathic surgery is jaw surgery to align the jaw and teeth. It is performed when conventional fixes like braces or an Herbst Oral Appliance are not viable options due to issue severity.
Before your treatment, we will review the procedure with you and show you details so you can be confident with the care you will receive at our office.
Reasons You Might Need Orthognathic Surgery
There are several reasons someone might need jaw surgery as it can solve a multitude of problems, but some of the primary reasons this treatment is performed include:
- Adjusting improper Jaw/Teeth Alignment
- To relieve temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
- To repair an injury or birth defect
- To relieve obstructive sleep apnea
- Fix difficulty speaking or swallowing
It is especially important to receive the treatment you need if these abnormalities are causing difficulties in speaking, chewing, eating, sleeping or other routine activities. In addition to making these activities easier and more comfortable, jaw surgery can help to improve your oral appearance and even the appearance of your overall facial profile.
Does Orthognathic Surgery Hurt?
During the surgery, patients will be under general anesthesia so they won’t feel anything. Once awake, it is very likely that they will feel some pain after the anesthesia wears off, but you may be prescribed medication to help manage the pain.
How Long Does it Take to Recover from Orthognathic Surgery?
Generally speaking, it takes six to twelve weeks to recover from jaw surgery, but patients can typically return to school or work within two weeks.
Dr. Struhs goes over the procedure and recovery in great detail with patients, but it’s worth noting the surgery takes one-to-three hours and can require a one-to-four day hospital stay.
Does Insurance Cover Orthognathic Surgery?
More often than not, jaw surgery qualifies as a medical necessity, so most cases are covered by insurance.
Orthognathic Surgery in Parker & Castle Rock, CO
We understand any surgery can be daunting, but you can rest easy knowing Dr. Struhs has two decades of experience and uses the most advanced equipment available.
Are you considering jaw surgery in your future? Contact us or call us today at 303-841-2262 for a FREE consultation!