Orthognathic (Jaw) Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA
When braces alone, cannot correct jaw misalignment, orthognathic surgery is often the answer. Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser work with oral surgeons to perform jaw surgery on people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia’s eastern shore whose jaws do not fit accurately together.
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is surgery performed on the jaws. It is done to correct severe issues with the jaws that orthodontics alone cannot fix. The problem is usually caused by genetic growth problems, severe trauma to the area, improper or uneven growth of the jaws, TMJ disorder, and other issues. Most patients have orthognathic surgery in conjunction with orthodontic treatments. Orthognathic surgery is usually done entirely from the inside of your mouth and thus there are no external scars.
How Does Jaw Surgery Work?
It is common for orthodontists to work with oral surgeons when combining traditional orthodontics with orthognathic surgery to ensure the best outcomes. The exact method of performing jaw surgery varies based on the problem that has created the need for the surgery. It can range from simply realigning jaws to shaving bone to correct the way the jaw fits together. Orthognathic surgery is usually performed in the middle of your orthodontic treatment.
How Long Does It Take to Recover from Orthognathic Surgery?
Jaw surgery requires some recovery time to allow the area to heal. While most doctors recommend two weeks of rest before returning to school or work, the jaws may take up to two months to fully heal. It is important to follow the directions of the doctors to ensure proper healing and restore full function to the jaws. For patients who have orthognathic surgery while wearing braces, periodic adjustments may continue to be made during the recovery process.
How Much Does Orthognathic Surgery Cost in Virginia Beach?
The cost of orthognathic surgery varies with each patient based on the purpose of the surgery and whether it is done in conjunction with orthodontics. During a complimentary consultation with the orthodontists, we discuss the costs and how the process works with the oral surgeon. We strive to make it as easy and convenient as possible. Orthognathic surgery is typically considered medically necessary, making it eligible for coverage by many health and dental insurance plans. In addition, dental insurance plans often provide or offer orthodontic coverage to offset the cost of the treatment. We help patients determine their eligibility with their plans and help them to reduce their out-of-pocket expense.
Drs. Savage, Sabol & Visser recommend orthognathic surgery to people living in and around Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, and Virginia’s eastern shore to correct jaw problems that require more treatment than orthodontics to restore full function.
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