Jaw pain and discomfort are common problems and can vary in degree. When people experience a high degree of jaw pain, jaw surgery is an option to treat underlying conditions and provide relief from pain. Common jaw problems can include TMJ, facial asymmetry, malocclusion and obstructive sleep apnea.
At the Los Angeles Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence, our jaw surgeons successfully treat a number of jaw problems, providing long-term relief for patients. If you are experiencing discomfort, don’t hesitate to contact our jaw pain experts for a consultation.
The following are some of the many conditions that can affect the jaw:
TMJ disorder, also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder, occurs when an individual experiences problems with the jaw, jaw joints, and facial muscles controlling movement within the jaw. TMJ most likely surfaces due to issues involving jaw muscles or jaw joints. Grinding of the teeth, arthritis of the temporomandibular joint, and stress can also cause jaw problems. Pain in the face, neck, shoulders, or ear area could indicate that one has TMJ. Corrective jaw surgery, performed by a jaw surgeon, can fix issues with TMJ and provide jaw realignment.
Malocclusion refers to a “poor bite,” wherein an individual’s jaw and teeth do not line up properly. Common cases of malocclusion can include “buck teeth,” overbites, underbites, crossbites, retrognathia, and prognathia. Malocclusion can be treated with functional appliances, braces, and malocclusion surgery. Jaw augmentation can improve the aesthetics and functionality of the jaw.
Obstructive sleep apnea occurs from shallow breathing or cessation of breathing during one’s sleep. Fatigue, sore throat and mouth dryness are common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea. The most common causes are obesity as well as craniofacial and upper airway soft tissue abnormalities. Obstructive sleep apnea treatments can range from behavioral changes to jaw surgery for sleep apnea.
Facial asymmetry is the condition when each side of one’s face looks different and can affect the jaw line as well as other facial features. These irregularities can be caused because of abnormal growth of the upper and lower jaws. Facial asymmetry surgery is an effective method to correct jaw problems, allowing one to properly speak, chew, bite, eat, and breathe.
Dentofacial deformities happen when the upper and lower jaws are not proportionate to the face and head. They can originate from TMJ, overbites, underbites, and other jaw problems. Lower jaw surgery and upper jaw surgery are used to treat dentofacial deformities. Corrective jaw surgery recovery times can vary, but most people resume work in a week or two, with full recovery taking between 2 and 3 months.
Treatments for Jaw Problems
Depending on the type of jaw problem, there are several methods used for correction. Jaw surgery provides excellent relief from jaw pain and discomfort for a number of jaw problems. People most commonly experience a stiff jaw, sore jaw, locked jaw, or general pain in the jaw area. It’s best to speak to a jaw specialist in order to determine the best treatment for your condition.
Contact a Los Angeles Jaw Surgeon to Correct Your Jaw Problems
Jaw problems can create pain in the head and neck that you might not even realize is originating from the jaw. There are many dental and health issues that can surface because of a jaw problem. If you are experiencing any symptoms from jaw problems, don’t hesitate to contact a jaw surgeon at the Los Angeles Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence today by calling (888) 391-3219 or by filling out our online contact form.
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