Orthognathic Surgery FAQs | Surgical Arts Centre

Is jaw surgery covered by my health insurance? How expensive is jaw surgery?

Before your procedure, we will work with you and your insurance company to determine whether or not your surgery is covered by insurance and what percentage of the costs will be paid by your policy. We treat many patients who have no insurance coverage for these procedures and we have all-inclusive cash fees to help these individuals plan and avoid surprises. We also offer several different financing options to help you achieve your desired outcome. Every case is unique. Contact us today to discuss your situation and we will help you create a pathway to achieve your goal.

What are the risks and complications associated with corrective jaw surgery?

All surgery has some associated risk. The more common unanticipated problems seen with corrective jaw surgery include infection, bleeding, or the need for further surgery to improve or adjust a result. Patients will frequently have a sensation of numbness or tingling in various areas of the face and mouth after surgery. This usually returns to normal as the swelling resolves, but occasionally patients will experience permanent changes in sensation. This type of surgery always changes the shape and proportions of the patient’s face, most notably the profile of the nose, lips and chin.. We plan the surgery to idealize these proportions.

What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery has a number of benefits, dependingon the type of surgery and your reason for surgery. Corrective jaw surgery is most often done to improve the bite and enhance facial appearance. It may also be performed to treat jaw pain, chewing difficulties, breathing issues, obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and swallowing difficulties. These procedures are always done with an eye toward idealizing facial balance and appearance.

What is corrective jaw surgery? What is orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery, more commonly known as corrective jaw surgery, is a group of procedures conducted by oral and maxillofacial surgeons to correct abnormalities in the jaws and facial bones caused by injury, genetics, or disease. Corrective jaw surgery is done most commonly to correct problems with the growth of the facial bones. While there are many different types of orthognathic surgery, most procedures allow the surgeon to reposition the bones of the face and jaws to create ideal facial proportion and function. Corrective jaw surgery is a common treatment for a number of mouth and facial health issues, including bite problems, TMJ disorders, breathing disorders, sleep apnea, and trauma.

How do I know if I need corrective jaw surgery?

Only you and your doctor can decide if you need orthognathic surgery. At the Surgical Arts Centre, we will closely and carefully evaluate your facial profile, your bite, your medical history, and your desired outcome. In some cases, we may begin your treatment with a less invasive solution, while in other cases it may be apparent that jaw surgery will be the best way to alleviate or solve your health condition.

What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery has a number of benefits, dependingon the type of surgery and your reason for surgery. Corrective jaw surgery is most often done to improve the bite and enhance facial appearance. It may also be performed to treat jaw pain, chewing difficulties, breathing issues, obstructive sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and swallowing difficulties. These procedures are always done with an eye toward idealizing facial balance and appearance.

Will I need braces before or after surgery?

Your orthodontic needs will be evaluated before surgery and in collaboration with your regular orthodontist. Because aligning your jaw correctly often involves preparing your teeth to be aligned, many of our patients require orthodontic treatment before and after surgery. How long you will need to wear braces varies from case to case. Speak with your orthodontist and your doctor to learn more about your options – and which steps will help you achieve the best outcome for you.

Will my jaw be wired shut after surgery? What is jaw surgery recovery like?

Due to modern advancements in orthognathic surgery, patients will almost never need to have their jaws wired shut for any length of time after surgery. Instead, small plates and screws are used to keep your jaw in place after surgery. Your recovery from jaw surgery depends on the type of jaw surgery you have, your medical history, and your age. Most patients need a one- to two-week recovery period and may need longer than that before feeling completely normal. Most of the swelling from surgery in gone in ten to fourteen days, though it usually takes six weeks until swelling goes down completely. Complete healing of your jaw bones may not occur for up to six months, and during this time, patients may need to follow a slightly modified diet. Both before and after your surgery, we will discuss your recovery process in detail. During these discussions, we encourage any and all questions you might have.

What are the risks and complications associated with corrective jaw surgery?

All surgery has some associated risk. The more common unanticipated problems seen with corrective jaw surgery include infection, bleeding, or the need for further surgery to improve or adjust a result. Patients will frequently have a sensation of numbness or tingling in various areas of the face and mouth after surgery. This usually returns to normal as the swelling resolves, but occasionally patients will experience permanent changes in sensation. This type of surgery always changes the shape and proportions of the patient’s face, most notably the profile of the nose, lips and chin.. We plan the surgery to idealize these proportions.

Is jaw surgery covered by my health insurance? How expensive is jaw surgery?

Before your procedure, we will work with you and your insurance company to determine whether or not your surgery is covered by insurance and what percentage of the costs will be paid by your policy. We treat many patients who have no insurance coverage for these procedures and we have all-inclusive cash fees to help these individuals plan and avoid surprises. We also offer several different financing options to help you achieve your desired outcome. Every case is unique. Contact us today to discuss your situation and we will help you create a pathway to achieve your goal.

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