A misaligned jaw can cause a variety of problems, ranging from cosmetic concerns to functional issues. If you have an underbite, overbite, or an under-developed chin, Parvaz Mizrahi, DDS, MPH, is an award-winning and board-certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon who provides exceptional corrective jaw surgery to her patients in Beverly Hills, California, and the Miracle Mile neighborhood of Los Angeles. Schedule your consultation by phone or online, and get started on improving your bite today.
Jaw Surgery Q & A
What causes a misaligned jaw?
A jaw can become misaligned for a number of reasons, including:
- Upper and lower jaw grew at different rates
- Physical trauma to the jaw
- Birth defects
Whatever the cause of your jaw misalignment, Dr. Mizrahi can work with you to improve the positioning of your jaw and alleviate the many conditions that can occur as a result of an improperly aligned jaw.
What are the complications associated with a misaligned jaw?
Beyond the cosmetic impact on your appearance, a misaligned jaw can cause a whole host of health problems, including:
- Difficulty properly chewing, biting, swallowing, and speaking
- Chronic pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, and consistent headaches
- Excessive and premature wear-and-tear on your teeth
- Open bite (where space remains between your upper and lower teeth when your mouth is closed)
- Protruding jaw
- Difficulty breathing, or chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea
With corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Mizrahi can fix the alignment of your jaw, which can, in turn, restore its proper function and appearance and significantly improve your quality of life.
What is involved in corrective jaw surgery?
Corrective jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is a highly specialized procedure to realign your jaw and teeth in a more function and attractive position. Typically performed in a hospital and under general anesthesia, the procedure can be done on your upper jaw, lower jaw, or chin. Dr. Mizrahi makes precise incisions inside of your mouth, giving her access to your jawbone without creating visible scarring on your face. She then makes precise cuts in your jawbone and moves the resulting pieces into a better position. Once she’s properly aligned your jaw, she uses screws, wires, rubber bands, and/or bone plates to secure everything in place. As you heal, your bone tissue settles into this new position, eventually absorbing the materials used to hold it together.
What does recovery from corrective jaw surgery entail?
Most patients can return to work within a week of their corrective jaw surgery, though it takes 9-12 months for the bones in your face and jaw to fully heal from the surgery. In the few weeks immediately following your procedure, Dr. Mizrahi recommends adopting a diet of soft foods and avoiding strenuous activity.
Dr. Mizrahi evaluates her patients on a case-by-case basis and does her best to ensure that their implant process is safe and effective. Schedule your consultation NOW.