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Surgical Orthodontics: What it is and why you may need it? 

Surgical orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that deals with restoring and treating malocclusions. Many people don’t realize that issues such as bad bites, jawbone abnormalities, or misaligned jaws can be corrected with orthognathic surgery. This procedure means “straight jaws” and, when coupled with orthodontics afterward, will result in the realignment of your teeth.


Typically, surgical orthodontics is recommended as a last-resort treatment option, but there may be certain situations where opting for surgery can produce your best result. If you need surgical orthodontics in Iowa City, IA, our experienced orthodontist, Dr. John Mergen, will work closely with an oral surgeon to prepare your teeth for the surgery.


When Should You Consider Surgery?


As stated above, surgical orthodontics is the most effective approach to correcting teeth alignment. Yet, it is the last resort; therefore, it should be considered when experiencing breathing problems while asleep, excessive wearing of the teeth, receding chin or protruding jaw, chronic jaw pain or jaw joint pain, TMJ pain / TMD pain, among others. At Mergen Orthodontics, our highly trained team knows that the success of any orthodontic treatment depends on the health and position of your teeth and jaw. Moreover, Dr. Mergen will personally oversee the necessary pre-and post-operative orthodontic procedures to ensure success.


Benefits of Orthodontic Surgery


According to the American Association of Orthodontics, surgical orthodontics is generally recommended for adults with severe problems with their teeth and jaws that cannot be corrected by orthodontic treatment alone. Sometimes the root cause is genetic – as they were growing, the upper and lower jaws grew out of proportion to each other, which can keep upper and lower teeth from meeting as they should, making it hard to bite, chew or speak. Other causes can be linked to congenital disabilities, jaw injuries, or environmental causes. After this procedure, they can chew, chat, and breathe better. Frequently, it can also help them to enhance their appearance.


Compassionate Care from our Experienced team at Mergen Orthodontics 


With 25 years of experience, Dr. Mergen has a clear vision of using cutting-edge technology to provide exceptional service for his patients in all their orthodontic treatment options.  Undoubtedly, during your assessment, our team will be happy to answer all your questions about your orthodontic treatments to provide the best possible service.



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