Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery is often recommended to treat certain conditions of the jaws and face related to the growth, structure, and alignment of the jaws, TMJ disorders, or sleep apnea. These conditions can be congenital or related to injury.
Surgery is also performed to correct orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces alone. Cases involving a cross-bite, over-bite, or under-bite are difficult or impossible to correct with orthodontics alone because the problems are often skeletal in nature, not simply caused by misaligned teeth.In these cases, orthodontics can be coupled with corrective jaw surgery to realign the bones supporting the teeth. This not only
improves facial appearance but can also helps to create a comfortable and stable bite that is durable and resistant to relapse.
Problems Resulting from Improper Alignment of the Jaws
Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some cases, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. This can create a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- Chewing, biting or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
- Open bite
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems
Following a thorough evaluation an Oral Surgeon and an Orthodontist collaborate to develop the recommended treatment plan. In many cases, treatment can take a few years to complete between orthodontics and surgery. However, this type of treatment can be life changing, leading to improvements in facial appearance, jaw function, self-confidence and overall health.