Jaw Surgery

Bedford Associates in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

John P. McPhillips, DDS, MD

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery located in Bedford, TX

If you have crooked teeth or an overbite, you might assume that orthodontic treatment will enhance your smile, but when your alignment issue is more severe, you may need corrective jaw surgery to ensure you get the smile you want. At Bedford Associates in Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Col. John McPhillips, DDS, MD, provides expert jaw surgeries to realign your jaw and correct your dental alignment, bite, and smile. Call the Bedford, Texas, practice today or schedule a consultation online anytime if you have complex orthodontic needs.

Jaw Surgery Q & A

What is corrective jaw surgery?

Corrective jaw surgery repairs a range of skeletal and dental irregularities that affect your smile as well as the function and health of your teeth and jaw. Dr. McPhillips performs jaw surgery to enhance the effectiveness of orthodontic treatments and to correct severe alignment and bite issues such as overbites, underbites, receded jaws, and overdeveloped or underdeveloped jaws.

Dr. McPhillips may need to correct either or both your upper and lower jaw. Repositioning of your jaw can improve the appearance of your face and profile.

Why would I need jaw surgery?

In addition to correcting your smile or the appearance of your face and profile, jaw surgery can help resolve a wide range of problems, including:

  • Problems biting or chewing
  • Chronic jaw pain such as temporomandibular joint disorder
  • Chronic headaches
  • Excessive wear on the teeth
  • Trouble closing your mouth completely
  • Chronic mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea

If you’re concerned about the appearance of your smile or have been advised that you have a severe alignment issue, talk to Dr. McPhillips about your treatment options.

What should I expect during jaw surgery?

Dr. McPhillips performs jaw surgery while you’re under a general anesthetic. Corrective surgical procedures for your jaw are usually fairly invasive and require cutting and moving bone, as well as potentially removing teeth.

Dr. McPhillips usually performs the surgery inside your mouth, which significantly reduces the risk of scarring on your face or neck. He makes cuts in your jaw and repositions your bones. In some cases, he may add bone to your jaw, which is usually harvested from your hip or rib.

He uses tiny screws, wires, and plates to secure your jaw into its new position. The screws are usually made of titanium because of its unique biocompatibility that allows it to bond with your bone in a process called osseointegration.

Jaw surgery is often combined with braces to ensure that your jaw and teeth remain in their correct positions while your jaw heals.

Your jaw should heal in 6-12 weeks, although you may need to wear braces for several years after your surgery to reposition your teeth for a beautiful smile. Dr. McPhillips provides instructions on what to eat and how to take care of your teeth while you recover.

If you’re looking for an expert oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the Bedford, Texas, area, call Dr. McPhillips or schedule a consultation online today.