Surgical Orthodontics in Conover
Hass Family Orthodontics provides surgical orthodontics in Conover, NC. Call 828-464-5300 to learn more and schedule an appointment.
Orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery, is a collaborative effort between Dr. Hass and a qualified oral surgeon to address abnormalities of jaw and teeth. These abnormalities may cause difficulty with eating and speaking, along with pain that interferes with your ability to sleep, work, and participate in other daily activities. In children, these issues can often be treated with orthodontic treatment alone, but once the jaw bones have fused together, a combination of braces and surgical treatment may be needed.
Understanding Orthognathic Surgery
We use state-of-the-art digital imaging and treatment planning technology to optimize the results of your orthognathic surgery. While the process can take some time to complete, recent advances in materials and technique reduce the amount of recovery time needed, as well as the overall treatment time.
A treatment plan often begins with braces, which are used to reposition the teeth in such a way that they will fit together once the jaws are surgically repositioned. After the surgery, orthodontic treatment continues to refine the positions of the teeth and optimize the bite. A dentist who specializes in restorative dentistry or prosthodontics may also be needed to restore teeth that have been damaged by abnormal wear.
Not all orthodontists are qualified to work on cases that require orthognathic surgery. Dr. Hass has the experience, knowledge, and skill to handle even the most complex orthodontic cases. While learning that you need orthognathic surgery may leave you feeling anxious, you can trust that you’re getting the best possible care at Hass Family Orthodontics.
Frequently Asked Questions About Orthognathic Surgery
Is orthognathic surgery painful?
Orthognathic surgery is performed with general anesthesia, so you will experience no pain during the procedure. It’s common to have some pain after the surgery, but your oral surgeon will provide you with medication to keep you comfortable during your recovery.
Does insurance cover orthognathic surgery?
Yes, insurance often covers orthognathic surgery when the jaw misalignment causes functional issues and pain. That said, this isn’t always the case and insurance plans can vary, so it’s a good idea to verify your coverage. Our team is happy to help you understand your benefits.
Is corrective jaw surgery worth it?
Corrective jaw surgery isn’t an easy process, but most patients find that it is worthwhile. It has the potential to eliminate chronic pain, improve your oral health and function, and create a more symmetrical facial appearance.
Will jaw surgery change my face?
Yes, jaw surgery will change your facial appearance, although the degree to which it will change depends on how much your jaw alignment needs to be corrected. After orthognathic surgery is complete, you’ll have improved facial symmetry and a more balanced profile.
How do I know if I need jaw surgery?
There’s no way to know if you need jaw surgery without consulting with an orthodontist or oral surgeon. Some signs that jaw surgery may be needed include discomfort when eating, difficulty speaking and swallowing, chronic pain, open bite, a protruding jaw, or breathing problems.
Call 828-464-5300 to schedule an appointment.