Is Orthognathic Surgery Worth It?

Is Orthognathic Surgery Worth It?

If you’re considering orthognathic surgery to correct the way your jaw looks or functions, you may ask yourself, “Is it worth it?” Here at New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, we can help you consider your options and decide what’s right for you. Jaw surgery is a big commitment, but it can result in changes you’ll enjoy for a lifetime. Read on for information to help you determine your next steps.


Reasons to Have Orthognathic Surgery

Orthognathic surgery, also known as corrective jaw surgery, is performed to treat irregularities and alignment problems with the jaw. Each person’s situation and reasons for considering surgical treatment may be different. Here are some ways that having corrective jaw surgery can make a meaningful difference.

  • Functional improvements - You may not always think about how your jaws are functioning; however, if they’re not lining up or working properly, this may make it difficult to perform simple activities such as eating, talking, or possibly sleeping. For example, did you know that a recessed lower jaw can increase the likelihood of obstructive sleep apnea – a disorder that can cause you to repeatedly start and stop breathing during your sleep? For people with many different kinds of issues, corrective jaw surgery can improve functionality.
  • Aesthetic improvements - What do you see when you look in the mirror, and are you constantly feeling like your bite or face is off-balance? While orthodontics can help correct certain problems with your teeth and bite, jaw surgery is sometimes needed as well to achieve the results you are looking for. This is a personal decision that can potentially have a significant impact on your appearance and self-esteem.
  • Reduction of pain or discomfort - In some cases, orthognathic surgery may be used to treat chronic pain or issues like trouble swallowing. For example, it is sometimes used to help provide relief from headaches caused by chronic teeth grinding or a condition called TMJ disorder – a problem with the temporomandibular joints on the sides of the jaw.

Weighing the Pros and Cons

While jaw surgery can be potentially life-changing, it is not an easy process. That’s one reason why it’s important to consider the potential challenges involved.

For example, the total length of treatment can be significant. You can expect the initial healing time of your surgery to last about six weeks, and the complete healing can take up to three months.

Additionally, you can expect to need orthodontics before and after your surgery, depending on your individual goals.

Given these and other factors, it’s important to ask yourself questions such as:

  • What am I hoping to achieve with orthognathic surgery?
  • Have I met with a doctor to discuss my treatment options and what to expect?
  • What are some of the challenges I may face if I have surgery?
  • How can the surgery positively impact my everyday life?

There’s no doubt that many people have found the solution they’ve been wanting with corrective jaw surgery. Scheduling a consultation and learning more about your options can be the first step in helping you decide if it’s worth it for you.

Want to Learn More?

The team at New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery is committed to helping you understand your options and achieve your treatment goals. If you’d like to schedule a consultation with a highly skilled and experienced Board Certified oral surgeon, contact New Jersey Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates, P.C. today at 201-342-7353 (Hackensack), 201-941-9494 (Ridgefield), or 201-867-0404 (North Bergen).