Do you have a “bad bite”? Maybe you didn’t know your bite could be good or bad! But “bad bite” is a term for the medical condition of a malocclusion. This condition occurs when the upper jaw and lower jaw don’t properly come together, and can happen for a number of reasons (most often from congenital or early developmental defects, though trauma may also cause malocclusion). A bad bite can be bad news for your oral health; it can bring on a host of secondary dental and oral health problems, not to mention create cosmetic issues with the facial appearance and smile. Difficulty chewing, severe teeth misalignment, Obstructive Sleep Apnea, and TMJ disorder are just a few of the ways that malocclusion can affect the jaw and face with secondary conditions. For these reasons, many dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons, like North Richland Hills oral surgeon, Dr. Chris Tye, recommend corrective jaw surgery for certain extreme cases that cannot be improved through orthodontic means.
When it comes to corrective (orthognathic) jaw surgery in North Richland Hills, TX, Dr. Chris Tye offers second-to-none experience, patient-centered care, and precision. Dr. Tye has consistently been voted one of the area’s top doctors by his peers, and was the first dual-degreed oral surgeon in Tarrant County, practicing with both a medical and dental license. His superior knowledge and skill means that you are in capable hands for corrective jaw surgery, wisdom teeth removal, or dental implant placement. Contact our practice, just 10 minutes from North Richland Hills, TX, at (817) 552-3223.
How is orthognathic surgery performed?
Usually, an orthodontist will be the one to refer you to an oral surgeon to discuss jaw surgery. Dr. Chris Tye will evaluate your jaw and work with your orthodontist in order to prepare for surgery. The use of sedatives, pain medication, and general anesthesia will ensure your comfort and ease during the procedure. During the procedure, the upper jaw can be moved forward, backward, or it can be widened. The lower jaw can also be independently moved to correct malocclusion. Often, jaw surgery must be completed, and the patient must heal before additional orthodontic procedures can begin.
How long is the recovery period after surgery?
Recovery is relatively quick though it can vary by patient and procedure. In general, patients will stay overnight in the hospital before heading home to recuperate fully. A liquid diet is required for the first several days, followed by a soft diet for the next several weeks. After about a month and a half, patients can begin eating normally again.
I think I have a “bad bite.” What should I do?
If you or your child have a “bad bite,” you should always first consult with an orthodontist. Orthodontists play a pivotal role in helping to correct malocclusions, and can provide you a better idea of what is needed to correct you or your child’s bite. If surgery is needed, your orthodontist will refer you to an oral surgeon for the procedure.
Together, your North Richland Hills oral surgeon and orthodontist will help recreate your bite to be functional, comfortable, and aesthetically pleasing.
Contact Your North Richland Hills Oral Surgeon
If you are looking for the best oral surgeon in the area for you or your loved one’s jaw surgery, choose the oral surgeon many dentists and dental professionals choose: Dr. Chris Tye! Call Texas Oral Surgery Specialists today to schedule a consultation.