Corrective Jaw (Orthognathic) Surgery in Colleyville, TX
When your bite is “off” or your teeth don’t seem to fit together properly, it may be necessary to look beyond your teeth for a solution. Sometimes the issues of occlusion and alignment are skeletal in nature, meaning that the jawbone is primarily responsible for the function, position, and appearance of your teeth. The skeletal foundation of the face and jaw can even influence your ability to speak and breathe. At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists in Colleyville, TX, Dr. Christopher L. Tye has over twenty years of experience treating jaw alignment issues. With corrective jaw surgery, technically known as orthognathic surgery, it is possible to overcome a number of muscular and skeletal abnormalities as they pertain to the face, mouth, jaw and joints.
What Causes Skeletal Abnormalities?
Jaw surgery can be prompted by various congenital conditions. For instance, some children are born with abnormalities to the jaw joint and/or jawbone. It can also be indicated due to a developmental (growth) defect, a behavioral condition such as tongue-thrusting or thumb-sucking, or an accidental traumatic injury.
Which Conditions Can Be Corrected with Orthognathic Surgery?
As a general rule of thumb for most conditions, the most conservative treatments and therapies should be recommended and applied whenever possible. However, when alternative methods are ineffective or inappropriate, surgical care is preferred. Corrective jaw surgery typically provides a favorable outcome for these commonly reported conditions:
- Difficulty swallowing or ineffective biting and chewing
- Speech impairment or trouble speaking
- Chronic TMJ disorder, or severe, long-term jaw pain
- An open bite (a condition in which the jaw closes but the teeth do not come together)
- Prominent chin or a jaw that sticks out (protrudes)
- Difficulty breathing, including an airway obstruction or sleep apnea
Orthognathic Surgery: How it Works
At Texas Oral Surgery Specialists, we work in conjunction with your general dentist and your orthodontist to ensure you are receiving the highest level of care possible. Typically, a few months of orthodontic treatment is required prior to the procedure. On the day of your surgery, you will be sedated for your comfort. Your oral appliances will be left in place while the doctor is working, and will generally be worn for a few months following the procedure, as well. Specific timelines will vary between each patient, according to his or her needs.
The Future is Now
The applications for dental technology, from diagnosis to treatment, have continued to expand as surgical procedures become more sophisticated and less invasive. Modern techniques, more effective methods for anesthesia, shorter treatment times, and faster recovery periods have made corrective jaw surgery a more viable option for millions of patients. These advances help Dr. Tye and his team provide unparalleled dental care for his patients, offering unprecedented options for orthognathic surgery and an opportunity to improve the quality of your life!
Dr. Chris Tye is Your Grapevine Oral Surgeon
Serving Colleyville, TX and the surrounding areas of Keller, Southlake, Euless, and Bedford, Dr. Tye is a skilled, knowledgeable, and respected oral surgeon. If you are noticing issues with the way your teeth are fitting together, or if you are having difficulty functioning, schedule an appointment with Dr. Tye to explore your treatment options. A member of our team can be reached online, or by calling our office at (817) 522-3223.