Although it may seem like a serious undertaking, and it is, jaw surgery can help many people enjoy a life without pain and discomfort.
There are a number of different conditions that require surgery, such as TMJ and crossbites, but even people without these conditions can benefit from this surgery. If you experience pain in your jaw area, or suffer from chronic conditions such as migraines or sleep apnea, Dr. Frugé can help you determine if this course of action is a proper treatment for you.
When is Jaw Surgery Necessary?
Here are some signs that may indicate that jaw surgery could be right for you:
• You have suffered an injury or accident that has left your jaw misaligned or crooked. This can negatively affect both your overall oral health and cause soreness, headaches, and difficulty chewing and eating.
• Many people are familiar with the condition known as sleep apnea, but are unaware that a misaligned jaw can cause their condition to worsen. If you experience extreme snoring, and chronic sleep problems, it's worthwhile to have your jaw examined. In some cases, jaw surgery can help relieve or remove the symptoms of sleep apnea.
• Orthognathic surgery is also helpful to anyone who experiences trouble eating due to misalignment in their jaw. Chewing requires that your jaw be properly aligned, and when it's not, problems with eating will arise. Proper jaw alignment can be obtained through routine jaw surgery, correcting the problem.
• One common condition that has patients undergoing jaw surgery is Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ). Patients who report chronic headaches, tenderness around the jaw, and localized pain usually can blame TMJ for their distress. This condition can sometimes be successfully treated with over-the-counter or prescription pain relievers, but for some, the pain and discomfort persist.
Baton Rouge patients can feel comfortable knowing that Dr. Frugé and the entire team at Frugé Orthodontics are dedicated to providing our patients with complete oral health care to help them lead happy and pain-free lives.