Reasons You May Need Jaw Surgery
By Inland Oral Surgery
April 10, 2018
Category: Oral Surgery
Tags: jaw pain   Jaw Surgery  

Your jaw is a complex mechanism composed of connective tissue, muscles, bones, and of course your teeth. They interplay so you can jaw painspeak, bite, chew, breathe, and yes look like you. If you're experiencing problems with any oral or maxillofacial functions, Inland Oral Surgery in Colville and Spokane, WA can help. Dr. David Gailey are fully certified and experienced in all methods and kinds of jaw surgery procedures, and many procedures may be performed right in their office. Learn here about some of the reasons you may need jaw surgery.

What oral and maxillofacial surgeons do

The team at Inland Oral Surgery delivers a wide range of services. More invasive than typical dental treatments, oral surgery typically involves some degree of anesthesia, including locally injected medications (pain shots), nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and fully-monitored IV (intravenous) anesthetics.

Many oral surgeries involve teeth extractions (impacted wisdom teeth and canines being the most common), making room for orthodontic procedures or eruption of permanent teeth. However, other surgeries directly impact a person's appearance, ability to eat, speak and chew food properly. Some surgeries even address Obstructive Sleep Apnea which impedes the ability to breathe during sleep.

Dr. Gailey carefully devise treatment plans to address each patient's needs and preferences. They perform complete oral examinations and use X-rays to determine the origins of jaw dysfunction and how it may best be resolved.

Many jaw surgeries must be postponed until jaw growth stops in adolescents, says the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. The doctors at Inland Oral Surgery have the expertise to determine when and what kind of surgery would best address the issues at hand.

Offered procedures

The team at Inland Oral Surgery offers jaw surgeries for:

  • Correction of facial asymmetry
  • Realignment of dental bite (underbite is the most common problem)
  • Relief of TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) pain and other related symptoms
  • Reduction of dental wear and tear
  • Improvement of chewing, swallowing, and speech
  • Proper closure of the teeth and lips (occlusion)
  • Repair of oral trauma (jaw dislocation and fracture)
  • Repair of cleft lip, cleft palate, and other birth defects
  • Bone grafting for dental implant placement
  • Placement of dental implants, including multiple implants to secure dentures and bridges

Learn more in Colville and Spokane

If your physician or family dentist believes you would benefit from jaw surgery, relax. You'll receive precise and compassionate care at Inland Oral Surgery in Colville, Spokane, Wandermere & Colville, WA. Please call today for your consultation with Dr. Gailey: (509) 321-1404. We have four convenient locations to serve you.