Underbite Surgery

Underbite Surgery

What is underbite surgery?

An underbite is when the lower jaw extends beyond the top jaw making a person’s chin and lower teeth more prominent. In addition to the obvious cosmetic benefits, underbite surgery can also be the best thing for your health. This surgery fixes bone issues that cannot be fixed with braces.

What are the risks?

There are risks involved. These risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Damage to the nerves which leads to loss of feeling in the lower jaw or tingling in the lips and cheeks
  • Joint damage
  • Damage to the teeth

Who needs underbite surgery?

An underbite can cause serious issues, any one of which may warrant surgical treatment. If your underbite is causing any of the following, you may be advised to seek surgery:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Excessive wear to teeth
  • Chronic jaw pain or joint pain issues such as TMJ
  • Chronic headaches and earaches
  • Bad breath or bacterial infections
  • Certain sleep problems such as snoring or sleep apnea

Are there alternatives to surgery?

In some mild cases, an alternative such as braces or other nonsurgical treatments will work. For those with a class III bite problems, chances are nonsurgical treatments will not work for you.

Who performs this type of surgery?

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs this type of oral surgery. You will be given anesthesia and a prescription for mild pain relievers for when you go home. It is important to go to your follow up appointments and follow all after surgery care instructions.

How do I know if I need underbite surgery?

The best way to know if you need underbite surgery in Ajax is to see your dentist.

 

 

 

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