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Corrective Jaw Surgery

 

Differences in skeletal growth between the upper and lower jaws may lead to problems with chewing, swallowing, speech or TMJ performance. Patients may also experience psychological difficulties stemming from esthetic and social concerns.

 

Corrective Jaw Surgery - Oral and maxillofacial surgeons perform corrective jaw surgery to produce a more balanced and functional skeletal relationship for the patient. Often performed in conjunction with treatment by an orthodontist and restorative dentist, corrective jaw surgery is usually done in a hospital or ambulatory surgical center under general anesthesia.

 

Some common growth abnormalities, including under or overdevelopment of the jaws (prognathia, micrognathia, retrognathia), and skeletal malocclusions (bad bite) cannot be corrected through orthodontia alone. They must be addressed through corrective surgery.