If you’re living with serious jaw issues, the debilitating consequences can diminish your day-to-day life. Eating and speaking are painful and difficult. You have jaw and joint paint, sore facial muscles, and headaches. An unbalanced face, protruding jaw, or recessed chin make it a struggle to feel confident and attractive. The relieving news is that all these functional and cosmetic issues associated with your jaw can be resolved with our corrective jaw surgery in Carbondale, IL. If your chronic jaw problems are keeping you from living a comfortable, functional, and confident life, contact our experienced oral surgeon, Dr. Billy Laun.
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons have spent years of additional education and residency experience outside of dental school to specialize in procedures like complex jaw surgery, in addition to expertise in genioplasty, chin implants, and cheek implants. Having achieved the highest level of surgical training in the dental field, they are the only dental specialists qualified to offer this treatment.
Dr. Laun has achieved many years of experience completing these surgeries using minimally invasive techniques and innovative technologies, including virtually planned and guided jaw surgery. Additionally, they are trained and licensed to provide complete office-based anesthesia services. With such extensive training and wide-reaching clinical experience, rarely do any of our patients have conditions that fall out of the scope of our expertise. You’ll be in skilled hands by seeking treatment with our surgical team.
The purpose of our jaw surgery is to bring alignment back to your jaws. This is accomplished by moving the lower jaw forward or backward. In some cases, repositioning the upper jaw is required as well. This can generally be accomplished in a single surgery you can receive in our office while under general anesthesia. We are also on-staff at Heartland Regional Medical Center for hospital-based surgery if necessary. Dr. Laun uses modern computer-aided techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the proposed treatment. If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, our team will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment.
Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation and recovery. For this reason, only incredibly skilled and experienced oral surgeons like Drs. Laun should complete your surgery. Your surgery is performed in our surgical suite or at the hospital and can last between one to four hours, during which time we are repositioning your jaw and securing it in place with custom plates and screws. If you currently wear braces, these are maintained during surgery and may need to be removed six to twelve months after surgery.
The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase. You can expect to be off work or school for up to one month after surgery. A return to normal chewing function is generally expected after two months and full function may take one year to be fully restored. Once the jaw(s) is in proper alignment and fully healed, your mouth can function comfortably and with ease, with teeth that now come together properly. For many of our patients, corrective jaw surgery is life-changing, allowing them to finally enjoy a life free from chronic jaw pain, TMJ problems, bite issues, and aesthetic concerns!
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1111 E. Walnut St Suite B
Carbondale, IL 62901
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