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Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Posted on 5/8/2023 by Clackamas Oral Surgery Office
 Do I Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?Corrective jaw surgery represents a drastic step when it comes to dental care. However, if you are in a lot of pain or discomfort, jaw surgery may be a lifeline to better health overall. Here are some indicators that corrective jaw surgery might be what you need.

Indicators of a Serious Jaw Problem

Severe Jaw Pain

One of the most prominent indicators you may need surgery is severe jaw pain. You may have severe jaw pain because your jaw is not aligned correctly. Your jaw joint, or the temporomandibular joint, can become inflamed, which can cause pain and headaches. People with TMD (or temporomandibular joint disorder) may benefit from corrective jaw surgery. If you are in pain that is constant or severe, you need to visit the dentist.

Trouble with Biting or Chewing

If you find that you have problems chewing, biting down, or swallowing your food, you may have misaligned jaws. Sometimes, one jaw grows more quickly than the other jaw, which can lead to jaw misalignment. Corrective jaw surgery can realign your jaws to make eating easier.

Sleeping Issues

Many people have trouble with snoring, interrupted sleep, and breathing during the night. One of the causes of snoring and breathing issues that lead to interrupted sleep is a misaligned jaw.

Open Bites or Cross Bites

Malocclusions, or issues with your bite pattern, are common dental problems. While some malocclusions can be corrected with braces or aligners, severe malocclusions, such as a crossbite or an open bite, may need corrective jaw surgery because they may interfere with speaking and eating.


Mouth injuries occur frequently when people are in a car accident or they have a sports injury, such as when a ball strikes them in the mouth. If the trauma is severe enough, corrective jaw surgery can realign the jaw.

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