Corrective jaw surgery is performed to correct a wide range of minor and major skeletal irregularities of the upper jaw, lower jaw, and/or chin. Correction of jaw irregularities improves the functions of chewing, speaking and breathing. Additionally, the patient’s appearance may be dramatically enhanced as a result of their surgery. Atlanta plastic surgeon, Dr. Earl Stephenson, is a plastic surgeon who is also board certified in oral and maxillofacial surgery. He has the credentials and experience to successfully correct jaw conditions that stem from trauma and genetic disorders. His advanced and unique training creates healthy, lasting outcomes and has changed the lives of countless patients.
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People who may benefit from corrective jaw surgery include those with an improper bite resulting from misaligned teeth and/or jaws. This usually results from different growth rates of the upper and lower jaws, or from injuries or birth defects. While orthodontics can usually correct bite or “occlusion” problems when only the teeth are misaligned, corrective jaw surgery may be necessary to correct misalignment of the jaws.
What to Expect
Your orthodontist and Dr. Stephenson will work together to determine whether you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. Several office visits are necessary prior to accomplishing the surgery. These visits will include obtaining dental models, review of X-rays and obtaining photographs. Dr. Stephenson will determine which corrective surgical procedure is appropriate. It is important to understand that your treatment will include orthodontics before and probably after surgery.
About the Procedure
Dr. Stephenson will reposition the jawbones in accordance with your specific treatment. In some cases, bone may be added, taken away or reshaped. Surgical plates, screws, wires and rubber bands may be used to hold your jaws in their new positions. Incisions are usually made inside the mouth to reduce visible scarring; however, some cases do require small incisions outside of the mouth.
About the Recovery
After surgery, Dr. Stephenson will provide instructions for a soft/pureed diet and give you guidelines for transitioning to a normal diet. You may also be asked to refrain from using tobacco products. There may be moderate swelling and bruising that occurs after the repair. The swelling and bruising usually subsides in about 7-10 days, however this varies between patients. Patients are generally able to return to work or school within 7-10 days after surgery. Complete healing usually occurs in about six weeks.
The cost for corrective jaw surgery varies greatly depending on the extent of the injury and/or condition being treated. After a thorough analysis has been performed, Dr. Stephenson will outline a specific treatment plan and the costs will be defined. We will also work with the patient’s insurance provider to conclude if insurance will cover a portion of the cost.
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Credentials matter. Dr. Stephenson is board certified in two important surgical specialties for corrective jaw surgery, facial reconstruction and facial cosmetic surgery. His certifications include the American Board of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Stephenson will be happy to any questions pertaining to corrective jaw surgery or any aspect of plastic surgery. To obtain more information call Signature Plastic Surgery and schedule your consultation.
Plan Your Procedure
- Average Cost
- $5,000 - $10,000
- Recovery Time
- 7-10 Days
- Average Procedure Time
- 1-2 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 2-4 Weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location