Orthodontic surgery

Orthodontic jaw surgery

A significantly misaligned jaw may cause problems, from difficulty closing your mouth to a painful bite. If you have jaw pain, you may benefit from a consultation with an orthodontist who can determine whether you need orthognathic — jaw — surgery or another option, like braces.

James River Orthodontics has a leading orthognathic jaw surgeon in Henrico County. We are the highest-reviewed orthodontic practice in Richmond, Virginia, and we’ll give you a happy experience.

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery refers to several procedures a surgeon may use to help someone’s jaw sit more comfortably. The process involves realigning the jaw or shaving the bone. Depending on your unique condition, you may need surgery for one or both jawbones. Usually, jaw surgery is one step in an orthodontic process.

Who is a good candidate for jaw surgery?

The best candidates for jaw surgery are those who have had braces for about 12-18 months. Braces allow your orthodontist to prepare your teeth before surgery, so you’ll have a beautiful smile afterward.

It’s best to consult an orthodontist to determine whether you need orthognathic jaw surgery.

A good candidate for jaw surgery may also include those with:

What to expect with jaw surgery

Before your jaw surgery, your surgeon will discuss any medications and allergies that could impact the surgery. It’s also good to stock up on nutritional drinks and soups and arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home and monitor your symptoms.

The actual surgery process will take several hours. Surgeons use general anesthesia or IV sedation and local anesthesia. The surgeon will make any necessary incisions in the mouth during the procedure. Sometimes they will insert tiny screws, wires, or rubber bands to keep the jaw in place.

After the procedure, you can expect about 10-14 days of initial swelling. During this time, you’ll want to remain home. Your surgeon may provide medication, and you can also use ice to reduce soreness. Complete healing will last about two months.

At James River Orthodontics, our jaw surgeon in Richmond will talk you through every step. He’ll offer you security and comfort in your treatment and healing plan.

Why choose James River Orthodontics for jaw surgery?

When you choose James River Orthodontics for orthognathic surgery, you choose clinical excellence. Dr. Scarborough has an expert craniofacial reconstruction team with experience in complex jaw surgery in Henrico County. At James River Orthodontics, we’re interested in forming connections with our patients while focusing on every step of the orthodontic process, not just the result.