Jaw Surgery

In many cases, malocclusion and misalignment are due to abnormal positioning of the teeth. Sometimes, however, these issues are the result of skeletal problems, which can lead to difficulty when chewing, eating, and speaking. Orthognathic surgery – or corrective jaw surgery – can be performed in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to improve the appearance, function, and health of your smile. Dr. Carl Roy works alongside a skilled oral surgery specialist (OMS) to deliver optimal results to our patients.

When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?

There are several reasons why jaw surgery may be required. This procedure may be indicated if you experience:

  • Chronic headaches
  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
  • Severe tooth erosion
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Trauma or injury to the maxillofacial structures
  • A receding chin
  • A protruding jaw
  • Sleep disorders, such as mouth breathing, snoring, or sleep apnea

What Happens if I Need Jaw Surgery?

During your initial consultation, Dr. Roy will assess your jaw joints and your maxillofacial bones. If he determines that jaw surgery could improve your bite, he will refer you to a trusted oral surgeon. This specialist will perform his or her own assessment, and determine which type of jaw surgery will be most beneficial for you.

For proper comprehensive care, your orthodontist, oral surgeon, and general dentist will all work together to develop a customized treatment plan. Generally, the process will begin with orthodontic treatment, which will last for approximately 12 to 18 months. When the teeth are in an ideal position, the oral surgeon will perform the jaw surgery at a hospital or an ambulatory surgical center. This is often followed up with a final round of orthodontic treatment. Of course, this process can vary, depending on the unique needs of the patient.

Orthodontic treatment with jaw surgery is a commitment. However, by correcting your bite and investing in your smile, you can enjoy optimal oral health for many years to come.

The Surgical Process

Jaw surgery is typically performed under sedation. The details of your sedation will be discussed by your oral surgeon beforehand. To perform the surgery, the jawbone will be reshaped and moved into a more favorable position. To secure the jawbone in its new location, surgical materials, such as screws, plates, and wires, will be used. If you are deficient in bone density, a bone grafting procedure can be performed during the surgery. This bone may be harvested from another section of your jaw, or it may be purchased from a bone and tissue bank. Because today’s surgeons used advanced techniques, recovery time is minimized.

Advanced Technology for Accurate Care

Today’s technology allows your dental team to virtually plan your surgery before the first incision is ever made. Through digital diagnostic imaging, we can obtain an accurate view of your oral maxillofacial structures. Your oral surgeon will be able to plan every step of your surgery in advance, demonstrating the functional benefits of the corrective jaw procedure. In some cases, you will even be able to see what you will look like when your treatment is complete.

Learn More about Corrective Jaw Surgery

If you experience chronic jaw pain, difficulty chewing, sleep apnea, or other symptoms, jaw surgery could help correct these issues. To determine if you will require jaw surgery in conjunction with your orthodontic treatment, schedule a consultation with Dr. Roy. Contact our Virginia Beach or Chesapeake office location today.

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My sincere thanks to Dr. Roy and his team for showing me the way! My baby teeth had to be crowned for years since 2 of my adult teeth never came in. This was just one piece of the puzzle that needed figuring out. I’m proud of my smile and it shows every time I meet someone!Liz

Roy Orthodontics Locations

Virginia Beach Location

4388 Holland Rd
Ste. 200
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
(757) 471-2900  

Chesapeake Location

684 Battlefield Blvd. N
Ste. B
Chesapeake, VA 23320
(757) 549-1115

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Jorene Delacruz
Jorene Delacruz
15:07 27 Mar 18
Dr. Roy & his staff are more than wonderful. I would recommend this practice 10x if I could. They are amazing at what they do, especially Dr. Roy for understanding my past situation with my teeth. I’m so grateful & happy to have been a patient here for many years. The staff knows what they’re doing and is always so nice. I can’t thank you guys enough for dealing with my crazy teeth!
Tanya Barclift
Tanya Barclift
02:49 28 Feb 18
My son was need of palate expanders and braces and Dr. Roy and his staff have been such a blessing to us! He was only 8 years of age when this was all needed and they treated him with such professionalism and ease! Dr. Roy has such a love and compassion for his patients and families! What could have been a nightmare for my son was actually the exact opposite because of his expertise in this field. Karen, Sandy and the whole office staff is amazing!!! I would highly recommend this practice who is need of their services! Thank you Dr. Roy and staff for helping our son! May God continue to bless your wonderful practice and employees!!
04:50 24 Feb 18
Everyone was so welcoming and polite. They made me very comfortable which made me want to keep coming back. I love how they put their patients first, and they do everything they can to make sure their patients’ teeth are perfect👌🏾.
Jay Wang
Jay Wang
22:04 01 Feb 18
Dr. Roy and his team took great care of my son’s teeth. They are efficient, professional and knowledgeable. Everyone has been friendly and helpful. They fixed my niece’s braces for free during her visit!
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
Samantha Simmons-Conaway
16:09 09 Jan 18
Wonderful staff. Everything was always explained thoroughly and I felt comfortableAs an older adult I had lots of trepidation about doing braces but they made process clear and I always looked forward to my visitsHighly recommend this practice. Special kudos to Tracy who is a wonderful tech and a great person
Heather Ham
Heather Ham
16:41 15 Dec 17
Dr Roy and his staff have provided Orthodontic care for both of my children. The best thing I can say about Dr Roy is he always puts the needs of the child and their long term orthodontic care first. It isn’t just about putting braces on your kids to have straight teeth for pictures it is about treating them at the appropriate age so that the care they receive is appropriate and will last them into adulthood and more importantly won’t have to be repeated when they finish growing. As a parent it was so refreshing to deal with a practice as practical and professional as Roy Orthodontics. I recommend them to anyone seeking orthodontics for their children.
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