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. Our patients can start treatment for as little as $99 with low monthly payments.
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 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 expenses and make treatment more affordable. At Savage, Sabol and Visser, we offer orthodontic treatment options for just $99 down and as little as $200 a month.
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.
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. Our patients can start treatment for as little as $99 with low monthly payments. Contact us to learn more.
Jaw Surgery FAQ’s
Mild Over bites (protrusion) can typically be fixed with braces. More significant overbites can be fixed with braces and sometimes require extractions and/or surgery to advance the lower jaw. This helps to improve the bite (function) and overall facial appearance.
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Jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) can cost between $20,000 and $50,000. Often jaw surgery is covered by medical insurance provided it is necessary to improve function or prevent damage to the jaw joint and teeth. Prior to committing to treatment you should ask your surgeon to preauthorize the recommended procedures with your insurance company so there are no surprises.
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As with any surgical procedure, you can expect some discomfort after surgery. The discomfort can be minimized with pain medications, ice and rest. You can also expect some facial swelling and facial numbness after surgery. It typically takes 10-14 days for the swelling to resolve. Facial numbness can take 6-9 months to resolve and it is not unusual to have some minor long term numbness. Initial healing usually takes 6 weeks. Complete healing usually occurs by 12 weeks after surgery.
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Patients typically spend 2-5 days in the hospital following jaw surgery. If there are any complications you may have to stay longer.
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2 jaw surgery is required when there are skeletal problems in the position of both the upper and lower jaws. Sometimes it is necessary to surgically reposition both jaws to achieve the best function and facial esthetics. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon can consult with you to achieve the best outcome.
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In most cases, patients requiring jaw surgery also require orthodontic treatment (braces). It typically takes 12-18 months of pre-surgical braces to get you ready for surgery. Once surgery is completed, you can expect 6-9 months of continued orthodontic treatment to finalize the position of your teeth and allow for complete healing of the jaw bones. From start to finish you should expect 18-24 months of treatment. Your orthodontist and oral surgeon can advise you on what to expect based on your treatment needs.
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Jaw surgery is called orthognathic surgery and is typically performed by an oral maxillofacial surgeon. Jaw surgery is often necessary to correct facial deformities, birth defects, facial injuries or imbalances, open bites, under bites, over bites, chronic TMJ pain, difficulty swallowing or chewing, severe tooth wear and sleep apnea just to name a few. Your dentist, orthodontist and oral maxillofacial surgeon will work as a team to determine the best treatment for your individual situation and concerns.
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Having your jaws wired shut after jaw surgery was common practice years ago, but is not often required any more. Wiring the jaws together was used to stabilize the bone position after surgery in the past. The normal procedure for stabilizing the jaws after surgery is the use of “rigid fixation” which utilizes small screws and metal plates to keep the bones in the proper position while they heal after surgery.
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Due to your inability to consume normal solid foods for a few days after surgery, it is likely that you will lose several pounds after surgery. Most people will lose about 3% of their body weight while recovering from their procedure.
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