Jaw surgery is corrective in nature. Sometimes the jawbones require surgical repositioning to correct a malocclusion such as an open bite or an under bite. When orthodontics and restorative dentistry cannot improve the placement of the upper and lower sets of teeth, orthognathic surgery is typically necessary. Beyond improving oral function, jaw surgery can align the jawbones to healthier positions and ultimately prevent wear and tear on teeth and/or the development of TMJ disorder. The jawbones also heavily influence a patient’s appearance because the contour of the jaws shapes the mouth. Because of this, orthognathic surgery can promote facial symmetry as well.
Facial bones, particularly the jawbones, take years to fully develop. For example, when children’s adult teeth are emerging, the jaws are still developing. Sometimes one jawbone may develop at a faster rate than the other. This can cause a misaligned bite or a disfigured appearance. An underdeveloped jaw or a misaligned bite can also affect a patient’s ability to speak properly and may even lead to the development of speech impediments. Repositioning and correcting jaw alignment offers many benefits to patients and can greatly improve one’s quality of life.
We are currently accepting new patients. If your dentist has recommended that you visit an oral surgeon, we welcome you to consider our practice. To schedule an appointment with one of our oral surgeons, contact Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Group today.