Too often, when we think about jaw surgery, we think of it as a cosmetic procedure, or a surgery that is undertaken solely for aesthetic reasons.
The reality, however, is quite different from what you’d think. There are many complicated health issues which can be successfully treated by corrective jaw surgery.
Health Issues that may be treated by Jaw Surgery
Airway Obstruction and Breathing Difficulties
A too-small jaw restricts our airway passages, which can cause breathing difficulties and hinder physical activity. Sleep-disordered breathing affects not just older people, but also children and teens with restricted airways. Normal breathing also helps you to participate in sports and lead a healthier lifestyle.
Sleep Apnoea and Snoring
Because a too-small jaw restricts airways, this often leads to sleep disordered breathing such as snoring and sleep apnea. Sleep-disordered breathing increases our future risk of heart attack, stroke, depression and type 2 diabetes. Corrective jaw surgery works to permanently open up airways, which corrects breathing problems during sleep.
Excessive Wear and Tear on Your Teeth
When your jaw is too-small or misaligned, this can lead to the development of a bad bite. This may cause excessive wear and tear on some teeth, while other teeth are not used for chewing and biting at all. Corrective jaw surgery resolves these alignment issues to ensure wear and tear on your teeth is evenly distributed, thereby enhancing the health and longevity of your smile.
Dental and Bite Related Issues
When your jaw is out of alignment, this can result in an “open bite”. An open bite is when your upper and lower front teeth do not touch when your jaw is completely closed. This can cause speech impairments, pain while chewing and, in severe cases, can make it impossible to prevent food and liquids from escaping your mouth while eating.
Alleviate Chronic Jaw Pain and Headaches
Chronic headaches, TMJ and TMD disorders, as well as other types of ongoing jaw pain can be alleviated through jaw surgery. As with all types of chronic pain, migraines and jaw pain can be debilitating and tend to decrease your quality of life. Jaw surgery addresses the root cause of your pain to help you feel like yourself again.
Facial Asymmetry and Imbalance
When your jaw is too-small, too-large or out of alignment, it affects the proportions and balance of your face. Someone with a too-small jaw might look as though their lower jaw and chin are receding. Disproportionate jaws may also give the appearance of a sunken mid-face, or a too-large jaw. Most facial imbalances can be corrected with jaw surgery.
For more information about corrective jaw surgery, download our free ebook "The Jaw Surgery Solution: Jaw Surgery for Better Health and Wellbeing".
You can also contact us for more information and to find out if jaw surgery is the solution you’ve been looking for.
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