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Jaw Surgery

Correct Jaw Misalignment

Jaw Surgery

Correct Jaw Misalignment

The jaw is a powerful and important part of the human body that requires the muscles, tendons, and bones to work together in perfect harmony. However, patients with jaw misalignment often struggle with the functionality of their jaw. Everyday activities like eating, speaking, swallowing, and breathing can all be affected when the upper and lower jaws do not come together properly.

While orthodontic treatment is a common option for mild to moderate jaw misalignment, surgery may be the only option to treat more severe cases. Also known as orthognathic surgery, jaw surgery corrects moderate to severe jaw misalignment to enhance functionality, restore facial balance, and improve the patient’s quality of life. Jaw surgery is also a surgical option for patients with sleep apnea or TMJ disorder.

Causes and Signs of Jaw Misalignment

Often, an uneven jaw is due to genetics, but facial trauma and teeth misalignment are also known causes.

Signs of jaw misalignment include:

  • Weak or protruding chin
  • Dental crowding
  • Difficulty or inability to close the mouth completely
  • Impaired speech
  • Uneven facial esthetics
  • Difficulty chewing, grinding, or swallowing food
  • Snoring and/or sleep apnea

Left untreated, jaw misalignment can cause complications such as tooth decay, gum disease, jaw pain, headaches, and excessive tooth wear.

Benefits of Jaw Surgery

The typical jaw surgery candidate has moderate to severe jaw misalignment and struggles with everyday functions. Correcting this condition and restoring the jaw to full functionality is nothing short of transformative for these candidates. Although the ultimate goal of jaw surgery is to correct the jaw’s function, patients also experience many other benefits, such as improved facial esthetics, eating function, speech, breathing, and oral health.

Types of Anesthesia

There are three main choices for anesthesia:

Transformations

See the differences we make through oral surgery. The services that our team of expert surgeons provide can change your smile—and your life—by improving your oral health.

Carolinas Center for Oral & Facial Surgery provides first-class care to improve health and well-being while maximizing the patient experience. Every office is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC) and outfitted with state-of-the-art digital imaging technology and surgical equipment to enhance our scope of practice. The high level of care we provide ensures every patient feels confident in their treatment while they receive safe and predictable results.

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Learn more about jaw surgery, schedule an appointment, and more. Contact Carolinas Centers for Oral, Facial, Cosmetic & Dental Implant Surgery today.