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Am I a Candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery?

Posted on 4/10/2023 by Evan
Am I a Candidate for Corrective Jaw Surgery?Corrective jaw surgery is an ideal treatment option for patients whose jaws don't align properly. Misaligned jaws can affect your bite and facial appearance and, in some instances, cause oral health issues. An oral surgeon performs the procedure to enhance facial and oral aesthetics and ensure you can better chew food. If you have the following conditions, you are an ideal candidate for jaw surgery:

Facial Imbalance

Your face will seem asymmetrical if you have crossbites, small chins, overbites, and underbites. Jaw surgery helps to realign the jaw bones and ensure you have the best bite. Any developmental issues, such as asymmetry of facial skeletons and jaws, are also addressed. If you ate looking to achieve facial proportion, this is the best method. The procedure can also resolve common health problems associated with facial asymmetry.

Temporomandibular (TMJ) Disorders

TMJ disorders can cause pain in the jaw joint and muscles, which control your jaw movement. When you have this condition, you can experience symptoms such as pain in the temporomandibular joint when chewing food, facial pain, and locking your joints. Jaw surgery helps resolve all mandible problems that may cause pain. The surgeon will use the method to manage the structural problems of the joints of the jaw.

Dental Malocclusion

Dental malocclusion is when your teeth are not in adequate alignment. If the condition is left untreated, it can lead to various oral health complications. Things such as overbite, crowded teeth, crossbite, or open bite will result when you have dental malocclusion. If the condition is severe, an oral surgeon will recommend jaw surgery. The procedure will help shift the upper jaw either backward or forward. It also helps to widen it. The surgery can also move your mandible or lower jaw backward or forward. Ultimately, the method helps to correct any asymmetry that exists.

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