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If you are experiencing jaw pain, dental issues, or other complications due to an underbite or overbite, you may wonder if jaw surgery is a viable solution. While these conditions can require jaw surgery to relieve symptoms or correct problems, patients may still ask if jaw surgery is worth it to pursue. 

In this article, we are looking specifically at how jaw surgery can resolve underbites and overbites and the benefits that patients can experience after the operation.

Underbite Correction Surgery

Underbites occur when the mandible (lower jawbone) protrudes beyond the maxilla (upper jaw) to create complications from the abnormal alignment. 

Underbite issues can include:

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Dental hygiene problems
  • Eating and chewing problems
  • Headaches
  • Sleep apnea
  • Speech problems 

Underbite correction surgery is a low-risk procedure that can improve all underbite issues. Recovery can last up to 12 weeks, but many patients can return to their regular schedules by week 2. 

Overbite Correction Surgery

Overbites occur when the upper jaw (maxilla) overlaps the lower jaw (mandible). While some overlap is normal, severe overlap can create serious complications. 

Severe overbite issues can include:

  • Eating and chewing problems 
  • Gum disease
  • Jaw pain
  • Sleep apnea
  • Speech problems 
  • Tooth damage

Overbite correction surgery is also low risk and can help correct all complications of a severe overbite. Patient downtime usually lasts 2 weeks, and the total recovery period can take roughly 6 weeks. 

What Can I Expect from Jaw Surgery for My Underbite or Overbite?

Patients who undergo surgery to correct both underbites and overbites can experience improvements in:

  • Appearance
  • Breathing
  • Eating
  • Jaw and tooth function
  • Pain relief
  • Sleep 
  • Speech

When Should I Undergo Surgery for an Underbite or Overbite?

Although underbites and overbites are often identified in childhood, it is never an option to perform surgery on young patients. Jaw surgery is for patients whose jaws have finished growing. Ideally, patients should be in their late teens or early twenties before undergoing any surgical procedure.

Are You Suffering from the Effects of an Overbite or Underbite? Talk to Athens Oral Surgery Center about Jaw Surgery.

Dr. Tomlinson and the trusted AOSC team can provide the right surgical solutions to correct your bite issues and improve the function of your teeth and jaws. Schedule a consultation with our office today: 706-549-5033