Everything you need to know about corrective jaw surgery at Precision OMS in Geelong.

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If you’ve been suffering from a jaw issue – whether functionally, cosmetic or a more serious obstruction of your airways – undertaking orthognathic surgery (corrective jaw surgery) can be life-changing.

With our state-of-the-art equipment and focus on patient care, Precision OMS will help you feel confident that you’ll receive the best possible outcome when you undergo corrective jaw surgery with our experienced team.

We realise that the decision to undergo any form of surgery is not to be taken lightly. However, arming yourself with the right information can help make your choice much easier. After all, hearing about things like facial balance, bite correction and airway optimisation can seem overwhelming when you don’t know what those terms mean and how they relate to your particular needs.

At Precision OMS, we provide you with everything you need to understand how jaw surgery can fix your concerns. Most importantly, we truly care about giving our patients the best outcome to boost their confidence and improve their everyday lives. 

Talk to us and we can clarify the jaw surgery process. We will outline what’s involved in specific procedures, how patients are supported at Precision OMS and why corrective jaw surgery can give you the face you’ve always wanted.

What is jaw or orthognathic surgery?

Orthognathic surgery – commonly called corrective jaw surgery – is the precise repositioning of the bones in the face that carry your teeth and other facial elements. 

Holistically, jaw surgery is used to correct issues with your bite (orthodontic), facial balance (aesthetic) or airway (breathing function). Every person we see has issues to manage across all or a combination of these areas. 

The surgery involves the controlled separation of bone with precise, planned movements to re-cast them in a new position. This is achieved using miniplates to create the ideal dental and facial relations, usually in a single procedure.

It is unusual for patients to actively seek out orthognathic surgery unless they have been referred by a doctor or have already heard about the procedure. Delivering a solution that provides you with the best facial treatment outcome is our ultimate aim at Precision OMS.

Key benefits of jaw surgery

Corrective jaw surgery can improve your quality of life, no matter how young or old you are. For children who are constantly tired and irritable, orthognathic surgery can help alleviate an airway obstruction, which can lead to weight problems and poor energy levels. For adults, we can help resolve lifelong facial balance or dental aesthetic concerns and address any airway restrictions.

These are some of the key benefits that our patients receive from jaw surgery:

  • Increased emotional confidence: Whether you’re a maturing adolescent or an adult who has dealt with jaw and facial concerns for decades, surgery can dramatically improve your facial balance and make you feel more confident as a result.
  • Correction of genetic growth discrepancies: Surgery can improve small lower jaws, mid-face hypoplasia (under-growth), open bite deformities and facial asymmetry issues.
  • A natural change: Depending on the type of surgery, it can improve facial deficiencies or reduce over-growth, providing the natural look you’ve been wanting.
  • Improved breathing: Common breathing problems such as sleep apnoea can be resolved with jaw surgery that unblocks obstructions. These obstructions can be due to nasal, midface or lower jaw growth disturbance.
  • Optimised teeth positions: Shifting bone platforms can improve the position of your teeth, providing a natural smile. Unlike some orthodontic treatment that camouflages the problem, we can provide a more aesthetically pleasing, stable and functionally optimised result.

Common jaw problems and surgery solutions

Corrective jaw surgery may be a way to avoid the multiple dental extractions that are sometimes offered as a way to ‘simplify treatment’. Using 3D facial photography, 3D CBCT imaging and digital airway volume assessment combined with intra-oral digital scanning, Precision OMS can examine and visually illustrate your particular needs. This will allow us to design the right treatment for you.

Some common jaw problems and their solutions include:

  • Single jaw or double jaw growth excess or deficiency in the AP (forward projection) or vertical planes
  • Facial asymmetry correction
  • Chin projection, reduction or asymmetry corrections
  • Breathing obstructions, which can be reduced or removed to optimise the nasal airway

If you believe corrective jaw surgery may be appropriate for you, the best first step is to speak to a professional at Precision OMS. We use state-of-the-art imaging technology to capture a detailed snapshot of your jaws and facial structure. We then draw on our years of experience to work out the best possible solution for your needs.

What are the services and treatments involved in corrective jaw surgery?

Before surgery can begin, we use 3D photography and CT imaging to evaluate the issue, your specific needs and the ultimate goal you want to achieve from getting jaw surgery. During this pre-surgery phase, we may use the following tools and assessments:

  • Traditional 2D facial photography
  • Conebeam CT facial analysis
  • Volumetric airway assessment
  • Digital occlusal (bite) scanning and assessment

After some or all of these assessments occur, we can create a custom solution for jaw surgery that will result in a more natural jaw and facial structure.

How jaw procedures work at Precision OMS’s Geelong clinic

Once you have made the decision to undergo corrective jaw surgery, it can be both an exciting and anxious time. To help make your procedure as comfortable and stress-free as possible, we will walk you through each step of the process so you understand exactly what will be happening, when it will happen and what you can expect at every stage.

To help break down what can be a complicated procedure into more manageable parts, we typically describe corrective jaw surgery at Precision OMS as being an eight-step process. These are:

We meet to discuss your specific needs, the anticipated treatment pathway including surgical options, the timing schedule and any pre-surgery concerns you may have. This is all done before confirming the treatment plan. During this discussion, we will also review any peri-operative issues and the risks of the chosen procedure by considering your general health and fitness from a medical and dental perspective.

We will provide a quote for the cost of the surgery and will share any relevant correspondence for your upcoming procedure. If referred from an orthodontist, return to confirm your selected treatment pathway is coordinated.

At this stage, we will confirm the upcoming surgery, manage any changes that may have been made since the initial stage and again address any questions or concerns you may have.

Your facial records are captured and virtual surgical planning takes place.

Using the captured facial records and planning data, we map out a 3D skeletal surgical plan. At this stage, we require your consent to move forward with surgery.

Your Precision OMS team conducts the jaw surgery. Patients typically spend one to two nights in hospital for monitoring and to ensure the surgery has been effective.

We have multiple post-operative reviews with you to observe the outcome of the surgery and address any healing issues. There are no additional charges for these post-op reviews, which take place progressively over the 12 months following surgery.

After all post-operative reviews are complete, your final records are collated and stored – and you can get back to living your best life!

How much does jaw surgery cost?

Every patient is different, with their own unique facial structure and needs. Because of the specialised nature of orthognathic surgery, you will receive a customised surgery plan that matches your specific needs, along with a dedicated quote which will include Medicare numbers and information to discuss with your private health insurer.

If uninsured, we may have time to consider a plan so your orthodontic care can commence prior to surgery. Third-party funding options may be also available.

If you are considering jaw surgery, we have finance options available.

Jaw surgery FAQs

Here are some of the common questions we get asked about jaw (orthognathic) surgery.

This depends on the patient and their particular needs. However, the youngest jaw surgery patients tend to be around 11 to 12 years old and the oldest can exceed 60 years of age. Most patients we see fall between mid-teens into their forties.

We advise that patients take a minimum of two weeks off from their regular activities of life to recover. For four weeks, you should also maintain a strict diet of soft or liquid foods, so you don’t affect the facial changes as the re-positioned bones heal in their new arrangement.

After three months, most patients have made a near full recovery and can expect to return to their regular lifestyle.

No surgical procedure is ever 100 percent safe from infection but, it is extremely uncommon in jaw surgery – especially when it is conducted by an experienced Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical team, such as Precision OMS.

Precision OMS does not conduct any orthognathic procedures that will require your jaw to be wired shut. Instead, we use fixed braces or clear aligner orthodontic treatments as these are well suited to corrective jaw surgery. Elastic guidance may be utilised for two to four weeks routinely after surgery, which allows you to start speaking and eating again almost immediately.

You will be able to eat, drink and talk to your doctor and family immediately after surgery.

That depends on what you want from your surgery. Some patients only want minimal changes to correct their bite or the appearance of their jaw, for example. In these cases, you will only look minimally different to pre-surgery.

Other patients want a more comprehensive facial restructure and so they will look significantly different after receiving surgery. The change to your face will be the most exciting part of your facial evolution and will be mostly evident at two weeks after surgery.

Orthognathic surgery carried out by experienced professionals such as Precision OMS will not leave you with unsightly scars. You can be confident that, aside from the aesthetic changes to the structure of your face, there should be no external indication that you have had surgery.

Do you need corrective jaw surgery?

It’s important to take the appropriate time to compare treatments and make sure your Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon is right for you. If you would like to explore what jaw surgery could do for you, call us to arrange an appointment on (03) 5229 3200, email us at info@precisionoms.com.au or visit us at 16 Myers Street, Geelong.

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