Jaw Surgery in Dolton, Merrillville, and Archer Heights
The great majority of people suffer from a misaligned jaw that could show itself in the form of a cross-bite, over-bite, or under-bite. In many cases, these misalignment issues can be fixed with braces. However, for other instances, re-aligning the bite will require jaw surgery. Jaw surgery may sound scary, but today it’s actually a rather painless and un-invasive procedure.
While correcting a bite misalignment issue is not always a necessity, it often contributes to cosmetic issues, especially when seen from your side (profile view). Under-bites are certainly the primary cause of profile issues since they cause the lower jaw to protrude out. This can make the chin seem larger than it really is, throwing off a person’s facial feature balance. Over-bites, where the lower jaw is tucker deeper in underneath the front teeth, can also lead to an unbalanced facial appearance, and cross-bites are also often very noticeable.
Jaw surgery is one of the most direct ways to remedy a bite misalignment issue when braces alone can’t fix the problem. Jaw surgery will correct any bite misalignment issue you are facing and allow you to enjoy a perfect smile. The recovery time for jaw surgery will depend on the extensiveness of the correction. Following your jaw surgery, your dentist will advise you on any upkeep or maintenance that may be necessary during your recovery period.
Most people only need about 1 to 2 weeks to recover from their jaw surgery, and then they can enjoy their aligned smile for a lifetime. While the process may seem scary and daunting, the process is very routine and our staff is highly skilled and knowledgeable in this procedure. Your oral surgeon will be able to answer any questions you may have about the process prior to your procedure, and they’ll be there to answer any questions you have during recovery.
For more information about jaw surgery in Oak Park, schedule a consultation with our office today.