Jaw issues are something that a person can be born with, or they can happen later in life due to things like medical conditions or injuries. When you have issues where your upper and lower jaws don't line up, then this affects your bite. When your bite is off, it can create a number of problems for you, and these can include difficulty eating and speaking. Also, you can experience pain, including headaches. If you have issues with your jaws lining up, then you may be a good candidate for orthognathic surgery.
Below, you will find information on some causes of jaw issues, as well as information on the benefits of having orthognathic surgery.
- Cleft lip and palate - A cleft lip and palate is when your mouth and a portion of your have didn't develop normally. A cleft lip and palate can happen by itself, or it can be indicative of another genetic condition. Having a cleft lip and palate can make things like eating and speaking difficult. Also, they can be very obvious, where there is a large portion of the upper lip missing all the way to the nose.
- Fractured jaws - A fractured jaw can happen when you sustain a blow to the jaw area of your face. Some ways you can end up with a fractured jaw can include a car accident, a serious fall, being hit in the jaw, a sporting injury, and many others.
- TMJ - Temporal mandibular joint (TMJ) is a condition in which you have an improper bite, and it causes the joint to lock up on you. This condition can be painful and make it hard to chew. It can also cause you to experience headaches.
Some benefits of orthognathic surgery
If you have jaw issues, and you are found to be a good candidate for orthognathic surgery, then you should consider the surgery. This is especially the case if your symptoms are serious. Once you have surgery to correct your jaw problems, you can benefit in many ways. In some cases, having surgery can improve your appearance. Also, it can help with any and even all the symptoms you experience. These can include difficulty eating, difficulty talking, problems drinking, discomfort, jaw pain, headaches, and more. Once you have recovered from surgery, you may find that you feel like a whole new person when you no longer have jaw problems that you have to deal with on a daily basis.