What can jaw surgery treat?

Our team at Palm Beach Plastic Surgery Institute specializes in several types of jaw surgery procedures, each designed to address specific conditions and achieve aesthetic goals:

Orthognathic (jaw straightening) surgery

This procedure is specifically designed for patients suffering from misaligned jaws and dental malocclusion, which can lead to problems with chewing, speaking, and overall facial appearance. This includes correcting an “underbite” (negative overjet/class III malocclusion), “overbite” (positive overjet/class II malocclusion), or crossbite. During the surgery, the jawbones are strategically moved and realigned to improve both jaw function and facial symmetry. The result is a more aesthetically pleasing facial structure and significant improvements in oral functionality.

Maxillomandibular advancement for sleep apnea

This specialized surgery is an effective treatment for individuals struggling with sleep apnea, a common disorder characterized by intermittent interruptions in breathing during sleep. The procedure involves moving both the upper and lower jaws forward. This advancement enlarges the size of the airway, aiding in the reduction of obstructions that cause sleep apnea symptoms. As a result, patients experience improved sleep quality and reduced related health risks. This treatment is usually more effective than breathing assist machines such as CPAP or nerve stimulators.

Aesthetic facial skeletal contouring

This innovative surgical procedure is aimed at enhancing the harmony and balance of the facial features. It involves careful modification of the underlying bone structure of the face, including the cheekbones, jawline, chin, and forehead. By altering these skeletal elements, we can enhance your facial proportions, creating a more balanced and aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Maxillary impaction for vertical maxillary excess (VME)

This type of jaw surgery is designed for individuals with a “gummy smile” or an excessive display of gum tissue due to a taller upper jaw. The procedure involves reducing the height of the upper jaw, effectively correcting the excess vertical growth. This not only improves the appearance of the smile but also enhances facial proportions and balance.

Osseous genioplasty

This procedure focuses on the chin, a key element in facial harmony. It involves either reshaping or repositioning the chin bone to better align with the rest of the facial features. Whether your chin is recessed, prominent, or asymmetrical, osseous genioplasty can create a more balanced and harmonious facial profile. It’s an effective way to enhance both your appearance and self-confidence.

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The benefits of jaw surgery

Jaw surgery can offer many benefits, depending on the specific procedure and the individual patient’s needs. Some potential benefits include: 

  • Improved facial balance and symmetry
  • Enhanced jaw function and form
  • Alleviation of sleep apnea symptoms
  • Correction of bite issues
  • Improved self-confidence

Additionally, jaw surgery can significantly improve a patient’s quality of life by addressing various health issues related to jaw misalignment.

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The surgery procedure

Jaw surgery is performed under general anesthesia in a hospital setting, ensuring patient safety and comfort throughout the procedure. The specific surgical techniques used during the operation will depend on the type of procedure being performed and the patient’s individual needs. Regardless of the specific method employed, our surgeons prioritize precision and patient safety, ensuring minimal scarring and optimal results.

We utilize cutting-edge surgical techniques and the most advanced computer-aided design and manufacturing technologies for virtual surgical planning of individualized patient solutions to maximize both functional and aesthetic outcomes. We work closely with patients’ orthodontists and medical physicians in a team approach to optimize an individualized treatment plan. In all cases, the goal of jaw surgery is to restore as much function as possible and achieve the best aesthetic outcome. 

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What is the recovery for jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery is performed under general anesthetic, with patients typically staying one to two nights in the hospital. (Genioplasty only surgery can be performed as an outpatient, with patients going home the same day). Patients can expect some swelling, bruising, and discomfort, which generally subside within two weeks. Discomfort can be managed with prescribed pain medications. There will be dietary restrictions and medical mouthwash rinses to be performed for two week. Dr. Davidson and his team provide detailed aftercare instructions and are committed to supporting you throughout the recovery process to ensure a smooth and comfortable healing journey.

Who is a candidate?

Jaw surgery can benefit a wide range of individuals. Candidates typically include those experiencing functional issues due to jaw misalignment (including those with a history of cleft palate), those suffering from sleep apnea, individuals unhappy with their facial contours, or those with a gummy smile or chin irregularities. A comprehensive consultation with our expert surgeons can help determine whether our jaw surgery in West Palm Beach is the right choice for you.

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