Overbite Surgery

Overbite Surgery

When, during your natural bite, the upper teeth are in front of the lower teeth, this is called an overbite. Most often, an overbite looks fine, but can hurt your ability to speak correctly and cause other dental issues.

Most overbites can be fixed without he need for surgery, which is reserved for the most severe cases.

What is overbite surgery?

Prior to surgery, the patient will need to have braces for about 9-18 months in order to align the teeth and make them even.

The surgery is performed in the hospital under general anaesthesia and normally requires a 1 or 2-day stay. The surgeon will make an incision, and then fix the bone by placing some cuts and moving the bone to the right place then placing screws in it to make sure it stays in place as it heals. The pain should be completely gone in 6 weeks.

After surgery, you will have several follow up appointments and you will also need to wear braces for about 6 months after your bones have healed are stable.

What are the risks?

As with any surgery, there are risks which include;

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Teeth damage
  • Nerve damage causing permanent tingling in the cheeks and lips
  • Joint issues such as TMJ

There are also minor risks, such as temporary swelling, nausea, and vomiting.

Who needs overbite surgery and why?

People with severe overbite will need this surgery in order to address issues with chewing and speech, as well as the following issues:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Problems with chewing
  • Issues with swallowing
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Teeth grinding and wear

If you need overbite surgery in Ajax, you should speak to your dentist.

Book An Appointment