Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

At times jaw problems may lead to Reconstructive jaw surgeries. Your jaw problems may not be solved by just taking an orthodontic treatment. The jaw surgery can be very useful for moderate as well as severe issues related to the jaw. In our clinic, Jaw surgeries are done by our Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Sydney, Dr Ryan Wilgus, who is specially trained in Reconstructive Jaw surgery. This surgery improves the chewing, speaking and breathing of a person. It also enhances the appearance of the person.


Why You Need Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

This could be due to the abnormal growth of your jaws as they develop. These conditions are usually passed to children from their parents. This condition can also be due to injury on the face or arthritis of the joints of the jaw.

Typical conditions in which reconstructive jaw surgery is recommended

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing food.
  • If there is too much breakdown or wear of teeth.
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint pain which may be due to TMJ. This could also be due to some other jaw problems.
  • If you are looking to improve your smile on the face. This is a situation where your lips are not able to close properly and large areas of gums are seen. You may have a toothless smile where all your teeth are covered by lips.
  • If you have a facial imbalance which may include overbites, cross bites, deficient chins and under bites.
  • If you have sleep apnea.


Reconstructive Jaw Surgery Treatment

You may be required to use braces for 9 to 18 months before surgery in order to do the levelling and alignment of your teeth. It takes around 6 weeks to heal after you had undergone jaw surgery. At this point, your orthodontist will be done with your alignment and your braces would be removed.

This treatment depends on the severity of your jaw problem. This process of treating your jaws can go for 12-14 months.


The Process of Reconstructive Jaw Surgery

  • This type of surgery can be performed on the upper or lower jaw or it can be done on both.
  • This surgery should preferably be done when your growth has stopped. The ideal age of jaw surgery for females is between 13 and 15 and for males, it is 16 and 18.
  • The alignment of jaws plays a crucial role in this type of surgery. After your jaws are aligned the screws and bone plates adjust the bones into their new position and place.
  • In special cases, an extra bone can also be added to the jaw which is transferred from your leg, hip or rib.
  • Usually, you notice changes on your face after undergoing jaw surgery. Facial swelling is very common and which may increase for many days. You may even notice changes in your appearance that can continue for a period of one year
  • Jaw surgery helps in increasing your comfort.
  • It also helps to enhance your appearance and improve your overall health.


Other Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeries

Here are other oral and maxillofacial surgeries performed by our Surgeon Dr Ryan


Wisdom Teeth Removal

Dental Implant

Surgical Removal of Teeth

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The removal of wisdom teeth is a very common procedure, if there’s a pain in your mouth and your dentist confirms wisdom tooth as the reason behind the pain then, surgery is the answer. Read MoreDental implant is a surgical process wherein a dental prosthesis (e.g. denture, bridge, or crown) necessitates support from the bone of the skull or the jaw. Read MoreSurgical Removal of Teeth is also known as Exodontia. Dental extraction is the removal of the dental element (tooth). It can be performed through surgery. Read More


Soft Oral Tissue Surgery

Orthognathic and corrective jaw surgery

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Our team of trained and experienced dentist performs an array of soft oral tissue surgery or gums grafting procedures to make sure that are enough soft tissues. Read MoreOrthognathic and Corrective Jaw Surgery refers to the surgical correction expected to settle substantial abnormalities of the maxilla (upper jaw), the mandible (lower jaw), or both. Read More