Jaw reduction is a procedure that can reduce the size of your jaw and improve the appearance of your face. It can also help eliminate problems with your bite, such as TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome and other TMJ disorders. However, you need to understand that this procedure is not suitable for everyone.
If you have a receding jawline, you may be self-conscious about your appearance. Many people think that they will have to undergo surgery to correct the problem, but other options are available to help make your smile look more attractive.
Before undergoing jaw reduction surgery, you should consult with an experienced dentist or oral surgeon who has performed these procedures in the past. They’ll be able to tell if you’re a good candidate for this type of cosmetic surgery and let you know options that might be better suited for your needs. And how dangerous is double jaw surgery? This is another question that the dentist will be able to answer and consult in case you are thinking of getting one.
There are several different types of jaw reduction surgeries:
Mandibular osteotomy is a surgical procedure that involves cutting and repositioning part of the lower jawbone (mandible) to fit better with other facial features. The goal is to create a straighter profile and close gaps between teeth.
Mandibular setback – This procedure moves the lower jaw forward to close gaps between teeth or correct an overbite. It may also be done if you want your chin to appear larger than it is.
Mandibular advancement – This type of procedure moves both sides of your lower jaw forward at once, making your chin appear larger than it is.
A common question patients ask about jaw reduction surgery is, “What are the benefits?” While every patient is different and has their reasons for wanting to get this procedure, here are some of the most common benefits:
- Improved appearance and confidence
- Less need for orthodontics (braces) and dental implants
- Reduced pain during chewing
- Improved sense of taste and smell
- Provide relief for obstructive sleep apnea
- Repair facial injury or birth defects
- Improve the ability of the lips to close comfortably and fully
- Minimize excessive wear and breakdown of the teeth
Improved appearance and confidence
Jaw reduction surgery can help improve the overall appearance of your face by making it more proportional. Your chin will appear smaller and less prominent, which reduces the width of your mouth and makes it easier for you to smile naturally without showing teeth. For example, if you have an underdeveloped chin or overdeveloped upper jaw, this surgery can even out your facial features.
Many patients who undergo jaw reduction surgery report feeling more confident about their appearance after treatment. This is due to improved self-esteem and self-confidence after smiling without being self-conscious about their teeth or lips being exposed when they laugh or smile broadly.
Less need for orthodontics (braces) and dental implants
If you have an overbite, it can also help prevent future orthodontic problems such as crowding of teeth. Jaw reduction can help correct this problem by removing the extra bone crowding their teeth. Once this excess bone is removed, room will be created for your teeth to shift into a more comfortable position, reducing your risk of developing gum disease or losing teeth prematurely due to decay.
Once your jaw has been reduced, you have a much smaller chance of needing orthodontic treatment. This is because the position of your jaws will be more symmetrical, so there’s less reason to move them into a better alignment. If you need braces or other orthodontic treatment, it will be much easier to achieve an optimal result with a smaller amount of work than was necessary before the surgery.
Reduced pain during chewing
If your jaw was too large for its surrounding muscles and ligaments, it would have been pulling on your teeth when you chewed food. This would have caused pain and discomfort in some areas of your mouth, especially if one side was more significant. Many patients experience more comfortable chewing after surgery because their jaws are better aligned with their teeth.
Improved sense of taste and smell
The tongue is attached to the maxilla at the palatal vault. When this point becomes misaligned with your lower jaw, air may pass through this gap, causing irritation and difficulty breathing through your nose while eating spicy or hot food. Jaw reduction surgery can eliminate these problems by surgically realigning this part of your mouth so that air does not pass through during eating or breathing.
Provide relief for obstructive sleep apnea
Jaw reduction surgery can help correct problems with sleep apnea by reducing the size of the airway in the throat. Sleep apnea occurs when tissue in the back of the tongue collapses during sleep, blocking airflow through the mouth and nose. This leads to shallow breathing, depriving people of oxygen and causing them to wake up multiple times throughout the night. Other health problems include high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke. A jaw reduction procedure may help relieve your symptoms.
Repair facial injury or birth defects
Sometimes people are born with an unusually small chin or lip area, which can make them feel self-conscious about their appearance and cause them to avoid social situations in which others might notice them. A small chin may also make it difficult to properly place dentures into place, which could cause discomfort while eating and speech problems if dentures are not worn correctly. In some cases, plastic surgery is needed to repair congenital disabilities such as cleft lip and cleft palate.
Improve the ability of the lips to close comfortably and fully
When your jaws are out of alignment or too large, it can be challenging to close your mouth without completely feeling some discomfort or pain. Over time, this can lead to difficulty eating certain foods or speaking clearly until you get treatment with jaw surgery. However, after having jaw reduction surgery, you’ll notice an improvement in how easily you can close your lips without feeling any discomfort or pain — which makes eating much easier!
Minimize excessive wear and breakdown of the teeth
As your jawbone recedes, it can no longer support the teeth properly, leading to excessive wear and the need for more frequent dental visits. In some cases, you may even have to get your teeth pulled because they become so fragile and difficult to maintain. With jaw reduction surgery, you can eliminate these issues by stabilizing your facial structure and allowing your teeth to remain healthy.
The operation is performed under general anesthesia, so you don’t feel pain during the operation itself. It takes about an hour to complete, and recovery time varies from one person to another, but most people go home within 24 hours after surgery with minimal discomfort.