Corrective Jaw Surgery
Jaw growth is a slow and gradual process. Occasionally,
something may go wrong with this process and the upper
and lower jaws may grow at different rates. Take a
closer look at your bite and appearance. Does your
chin stick out? Does it recede? Do your teeth fit
together properly? Do you have "buck" teeth?
Are your teeth straight? If you suspect there's cause
for concern, have one of our Oral Surgeons examine
your face and bite.
Unequal Jaw Growth - A Cause for Concern
One or both jaws may grow too much or too little.
The resulting abnormality may interfere with proper
teeth alignment, speaking and chewing. The tongue
and lips may be forced to move awkwardly during speech
and swallowing in an attempt to compensate for the
jaw malrelationship. There may be a speech defect
or excessive mouth breathing. An improper bite may
threaten the long-term health of the gums and teeth.
The jaw joint (TMJ) can also be adversely affected
by a jaw malrelationship. In addition, jaws of different
sizes can affect appearance.
When unequal jaw growth is the source of the problem,
corrective jaw surgery may be necessary. Orthodontic
treatment (braces or other appliance) may also be
needed to allow the teeth to align properly. Corrective
jaw surgery involves moving all or part of the upper
and /or lower jaw into a more favorable position.
For example, the entire jaw can be moved backward
it it's too large. The goal of treatment is to improve
function and restore facial balance.
Orthognathic Surgery and Technology
Our doctors utilize the latest computer techniques
and three dimensional models to illustrate exactly
how our surgery will be approached. Using panoramic
radiographs and computer imaging, we can show you
expected improvement in your bite and give you an
idea of how you will look after surgery. We will work
to help you understand the benefits of orthognathic
If you become a candidate for orthognathic surgery,
the surgeons at OMSS will consult with your general
dentist and orthodontist throughout the duration of
your treatment. The surgical procedure itself will
move your jaws and teeth into a new position that
results in a functional, more aesthetic, and healthy