Jaw Surgery | Columbia, MO
Corrective Jaw Surgery in Columbia MO
Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Maxillary Advancement with Mandibular Setback
Who Needs Orthognathic Surgery?
People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning in necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite, underbite or overbite
- An asymmetrical jaw or face
- Breathing problems
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Technology & Orthognathic Surgery
Dr. Andrews uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic surgery.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Andrews will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
Orthognathic Surgery (Jaw Surgery) Overview
Mandibular Advancement with Genioplasty
For a brief narrated overview of the orthognathic surgery process, please click the image below. It will launch our flash educational MiniModule in a separate window that may answer some of your questions about orthognathic surgery.
Virtual Surgical Planning
Columbia Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, LLC
Dr. Andrews truly does life changing work! He performed upper and lower reconstructive jaw surgery on my son over two years ago. I cannot say enough positive things about Dr. Andrews professionalism and the extreme care he shows his patients. Because of Dr. Andrews skill and knowledge, my son's life was transformed both physically and…
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I just realized that I could leave a comment when I was obtaining Dr. Andrews' info to refer to a good friend of mine, but he is the best doctor ever. He changed our daughter's life both physically and mentally by correcting her extreme underbite. He and his staff were so professional and skilled. We…
- Patti Dread more
I am so happy that I had my jaw surgery. I look the way that I had always hoped that I would. He did a great job.
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