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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.

Treatment

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 surgery.

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 dental-facial relationship.