For patients who suffer from a significant misalignment of the jaws and teeth, corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) can restore chewing function and jaw alignment. The straightforward surgery can also drastically improve their quality of life. 

If you live in Colleyville, TX or surrounding areas and are noticing issues with how your teeth fit together, Dr. Chris Tye can correct your jaw alignment using lower jaw surgery. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Tye, one of the best dental surgeons in the region, to explore your treatment options. A member of our team can be reached online or by calling our office at (817) 522-3223.

Reasons You May Require Lower Jaw Surgery

There are many reasons why you may require lower jaw surgery. The straightforward procedure allows patients to speak, chew, and breathe with ease. Jaw surgery may be required for congenital conditions. Other jaw alignment problems develop in adolescence as a result of tongue-thrusting, thumb-sucking, or an accidental traumatic injury.

Patients may seek the life-changing benefits of lower jaw surgery to treat:

  • Facial injury
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Protruding jaw
  • Receding jaw
  • TMJ disorder
  • Chewing impairments
  • Bruxism
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Speech impairment 
  • An open bite (when the jaw closes but the teeth do not come together)

Of course, lower jaw surgery is used as a last resort. Before recommending surgery, Dr. Tye will recommend less invasive procedures and treatments. If you do require surgery, you can be confident that Dr. Tye is qualified to deliver predictable and measurable results. He was the first oral & maxillofacial surgeon in Tarrant County to graduate from medical school and dental school, earning dual degrees. 

Orthognathic Surgery: How it Works

Dr. Tye will work in close conjunction with your general dentist and your orthodontist to properly coordinate care. Many patients require a few months of orthodontic treatment before they can gain candidacy for orthognathic surgery. On the day of your surgery, you will be given sedation to ensure that you are completely comfortable. A custom oral appliance will be placed while Dr. Tye corrects your jaw alignment. The appliance generally has to be worn for a few months following the procedure. Exact times vary from patient to patient. 

Dr. Tye is a proponent of using the latest dental technology to aid in the diagnosis and treatment of your symptoms. By investing in this equipment, he is able to provide effective treatments that are less invasive and require shorter treatment and recovery times. If you have concerns about a lengthy recovery period, please call our office to discuss how we are using innovative lower jaw surgery techniques that offer rapid recoveries. These advances help Dr. Tye and his team offer unprecedented options for orthognathic surgery and an opportunity to improve your quality of life.

Regain Quality of Life Through Effective Lower Jaw Surgery

An “off” bite can impair your quality of life. Sometimes, the problem is skeletal in nature, meaning simple orthodontic procedures will not be enough to restore jaw function. Once you have undergone lower jaw surgery, you can benefit from cosmetic results, although this is not the primary aim of this type of surgery.

Dr. Chris L. Tye, MD, DDS has over twenty-five years of experience treating lower jaw issues. To schedule your lower jaw surgery consultation, please contact our office online or call (817) 552-3223.