Jaw Surgery Fort Wayne, IN
Dr. Awah Explains the Benefits of Jaw Surgery
When a jaw bone develops abnormally, more issues will result than merely the face appearing unbalanced, especially in the facial profile. A jaw that is not correctly positioned can cause serious oral health problems than can affect your entire body, including difficulty swallowing or chronic TMJ pain and migraines. Used in conjunction with orthodontic treatment, corrective (orthognathic) jaw surgery can adjust these abnormalities by shifting the jaw bone into a more favorable position. Drs. Mulokozi Lugakingira and Franklin Awah work closely with your general dentist and orthodontist to create a customized treatment plan designed to improve both the aesthetic appearance of your face and restore the jaw bone to normal function.
Some common symptoms that your jaw is unbalanced include:
- Difficulty swallowing, biting, or chewing
- Chronic migraines
- Protruding jaw
- Receding chin
- Chronic TMJ pain
- Facial trauma
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Obstructive sleep apnea
Correcting Functional Jaw Issues
The primary goal of corrective jaw surgery is to situate your upper jaw, lower jaw, and chin into a more functional, balanced, and healthy position. As the alignment and occlusion of teeth are corrected through orthodontic treatment, the jaw bone will be repositioned so your straightening teeth fit together properly. While this surgery does improve facial appearance, the purpose is to correct functional issues to improve speech deficits, chewing problems, sleep or breathing disorders, and provide relief from jaw and joint pain or headaches.
Benefits of Advanced Technology
Correcting functional jaw issues today is much more effective and beneficial to the patient thanks to advanced dental technology. Using CT-guided virtual surgery planning, our doctors can accurately plan every step of your procedure, from start to finish and all before surgery. By visualizing the exact jaw movement beforehand, surgery becomes more predictable and efficient. This provides optimal functioning of the corrected jaw, more aesthetic facial features, and reduces post-operative recovery time.
Experienced oral surgeons like Drs. Lugakingira and Awah are unique in the dental industry for their advanced training in complex treatments and procedures involving the bones and soft tissue of the face, mouth, and jaw. Reshaping and repositioning the jaw bone not only requires detailed planning before surgery, but extensive knowledge of the hard and soft tissue of the mouth. As one of very few oral and maxillofacial surgeons nationwide to offer virtual surgical planning, Dr. Lugakingira remains dedicated to providing only the highest quality care for his patients.