What is Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Sometimes, conventional orthodontics (removable aligners or metal braces) alone can't treat complex cases, like bite misalignment, deformities of the jaw or mouth, and extreme overbites (malocclusion). Any one of these issues may create the chin to protrude or the jaw to become crooked, leading to both aesthetic flaws and functional troubles. Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Prabh Grewal and Dr. Arthur Kilkuts are experienced in performing corrective jaw surgery (also known as orthognathic or simply jaw surgery) to fix these problems and restore your dental well-being. In this procedure at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center, the bone, cartilage, and tissue around the lower face can be manipulated, reshaped, and/or augmented so your teeth and jaw are properly aligned. To learn more on jaw posture correction or other orthodontic choices, schedule an appointment with our skilled team at our office in Corona, CA.
Why is Corrective Jaw Surgery necessary?
Typically, corrective jaw surgery is performed to address functional issues in the jaw. These could include chronic pain from a misaligned jaw, uneven teeth, and bite and breathing issues. During a thorough consultation at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center, our team can better evaluate the current condition of your bite and jaw to determine if corrective jaw surgery is necessary to restore the function of your jaw.
"The staff at COSIC are super friendly and very nice. They are always professional and highly knowledgeable. I recently had a bone graft surgery and it’s still early but the procedure itself went well. They made the process of evaluation, scheduling and follow ups seamless. My dr is Dr. Prabh Grewal and he is phenomenal. He is very skilled and patient. He makes himself always available for questions and is very flexible with scheduling. He makes his patient care his top priority. I highly recommend this facility for all of your oral surgery needs."- M.H. / Google / Dec 02, 2021
"Dr. Grewahl and his entire staff were very professional, kind, and efficient in the entire treatment of my urgent oral surgery need while I was traveling and away from home. I really felt fortunate to land in the care of their team."- T.H. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"Awesome ..fast.. great referral from Dr Ukani. Very nice and attentive ...professional and they got my husband in quick for his emergency."- D.A. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"I must say this is the BEST dental office I have been into in my life. I was referred here by 4 different people. Walking in, I was in a great deal of pain with a horrible infection and swelling beyond belief. They took me in last minute and made the process so easy. From the sweet front office staff, to the nice lady who took my X-rays, and extremely knowledgeable and caring Dr. Grewal, all his staff during the surgery, and Eduardo for making sure I was taken care of after pre/post op. They all went above and beyond for me, making me feel so comfortable up until my surgery and after! Dr. Grewal even called me after surgery to check in on me, ensure me that that surgery went smoothly, and repeat aftercare instructions again. Thank you for helping me when I was in need. You all made the process exceptionally easy and painless during what could’ve been a very stressful and painful time in my life. Thank you for everything. I am actually looking forward to my follow up! And future things I have planned here. I appreciate you all so much."- H.P. / Google / Nov 15, 2021
"AMAZING surgeon! Did a fantastic job removing all 4 of my sons wisdom teeth. His medical background and knowledge is SUPER impressive! Plus he is an army veteran! I am literally shocked and wildly impressed by his experience while serving in the Army and when he completed his residency in Texas. Of all the oral surgeons I could have ever chosen for my child, I am so happy I chose this one."- C.B. / Google / Oct 22, 2021
Am I a Candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery?
Typically, we recommend corrective jaw surgery for adults and younger patients. In many situations, these patients may also wish to combine their orthognathic surgery with other procedures — especially in the field of orthodontics — in order to help them reach their goals. During your consultation, we will perform an in-depth analysis of the position of your jaw, facial profile, and bite in order to create a custom treatment plan that will perfectly suit your needs. Corrective jaw surgery has proven to be a useful procedure for patients who have:
- A protruded chin
- A misaligned jaw
- Facial deformities
- Trouble chewing
- Difficulty speaking or swallowing
- Excessive damage to the teeth
- Difficulty breathing
- Severe TMD joint disorder
- TMD joint disorder
What Can I Expect from Corrective Jaw Surgery?
You may be a candidate for jaw surgery if your chin has developed improperly or out of proportion, for a misaligned bite, a crooked jawbone, face deformities, and other issues. Before developing your treatment program, Dr. Grewal or Dr. Kilkuts will start with a thorough examination. We will take digital x-rays of your mouth to develop your treatment plan. Your procedure will be performed with general anesthesia and could take a few hours to finish as it involves the manipulation of bone and cartilage. Cuts will be made into your jawbone so the pieces can be adjusted to the correct position. Surgical screws, plates, and wires will be used to keep your jaw in its position. Bone grafts could also be required to enlarge the shape of your jaw. We recommend you take about 1 – 3 weeks to recover and rest before slowly returning to work or school. It's important to follow all recovery instructions provided to you, including what medications to take, diet limitations, and the best way to rinse your mouth. It will take about 12 weeks for your jaw to fully heal, but we will schedule follow-up appointments to ensure you are healing properly.
Corrective Jaw Surgery FAQ
What are the benefits of corrective jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery)?
Corrective jaw surgery can provide many benefits that help improve your quality of life. Benefits can include enhanced airflow, lip function, and oral health. You may also notice a decrease in sleep apnea, enhanced facial structure, and better speech.
Is corrective jaw surgery painful?
Many patients experience significant pain after corrective jaw surgery. However, for the first couple of weeks, we can prescribe strong pain medications. Following these few weeks, you shouldn't require them any longer.
Does medical insurance cover corrective jaw surgery?
It will largely depend on your case. Sometimes, medical insurance will provide coverage for orthognathic surgery. We work hard to ensure you receive the best care possible so our billing team will gather information from insurance or provide details on payment options.
Restore Proper Jaw Function
Surgery for jaw correction doesn't just address cosmetic problems, which may be brought about by a recessed, crooked, or protruding chin, but it also restores proper function of the teeth and can help improve breathing and speech. Board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeons Dr. Arthur Kilkuts and Dr. Prabh Grewal are highly skilled at performing jaw surgery. If you're in Corona or Eastvale, CA, we encourage you to make a consultation with us at Corona Oral Surgery and Implant Center in Corona, CA.