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Signs And Symptoms You Might Need Jaw Surgery

Posted on 11/8/2021 by Dr. John Abajian
Signs And Symptoms You Might Need Jaw SurgeryIt is easy to acknowledge when you need to go to the dentist. Your teeth or gums might hurt, or you can have a dental cavity. On the other hand, jaw symptoms might not be as clear.

Jaw surgery is a type of surgery, also called orthognathic surgery. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon will perform it, but a whole health care team will be there checking your progress. This team can include a dentist or an orthodontist to help the surgeon with your case. Here are some signs and symptoms you might need jaw surgery.

The Most Common Signs And Symptoms

One of the most frequent symptoms is jaw pain or even headaches. The reason behind it is that the pain can be an early sign of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). If you have this disorder, you will experience chronic pain in that area. The treatment for this is corrective jaw surgery.

Some other common symptoms that can go unnoticed are trouble when chewing, biting, or swallowing. Sometimes, the lower and upper jaws grow at different rates, causing misalignment in the long term. This type of patient will need jaw surgery.

Another frequent problem is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a specific symptom that occurs because of the misalignment of your jaws. The main sign is trouble breathing while you sleep or feeling like you wake up at night because your breathing suddenly stopped. These patients may also present snoring.

Last but not least, you may need jaw surgery if you had any trauma on that area of your face. This definition includes jaw fractures or any irregularities the trauma might have caused you. You can always contact us for more information about different signs and symptoms that suggest you need jaw surgery or any other questions you may have.

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