Dentofacial surgery works to realign the jaws and correct disproportions of the jaw bones. Various appliances may be used in conjunction with dentofacial surgery to reinforce proper alignment between the upper and lower jaws.
Problematic bite conditions such as overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, as well as crowding of the teeth, can be a result of a misaligned jaw or malocclusion. This occurs when the maxillary or mandibular bones grow excessively or not sufficiently enough, or grow asymmetrically.
Overgrowth of the mandible, or insufficient growth of the maxilla (midface), can result in a visibly longer chin or decreased projection of the mid-face, in which the lower lip and lower jaw appears more prominent than the upper jaw. On the other hand, excessive maxillary growth or insufficient mandibular growth can lead to problematic overbites as the upper jaw bone juts out over the other. An asymmetry results when one side of the jaw grows excessively or the other side grows insufficiently, causing the chin to deviate to one side and often causing a significant slanting of the smile. These consequential conditions of the jaw can be a cosmetic concern as well as a functional problem. Corrective jaw surgery is one of the best ways to correct these conditions long term.
In addition to cosmetic concerns, untreated misalignments of the jaws may cause:
- Speech impediments and difficulty speaking
- Difficulty breathing, sleeping, and concentrating and focusing during daily tasks (which are results of untreated and often undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea)
- Excessive wear of certain teeth
- Difficulty chewing
- Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
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We want to provide you with the best quality of life possible, with the best treatment plan for you. We are here to help you breathe easier, sleep easier and smile brighter. If you experience any of the challenging symptoms above and think dentofacial surgery might benefit you, don’t hesitate to give us a call today.
Schedule your free exam with Dr. Cardall and allow us to suggest the best treatment option to help you achieve your goals.