Jaw Surgery

In some cases the growth of the facial bones are not coordinated and there is a significant discrepancy in the jaw positions that can cause problems with chewing, dysfunction of the jaw, and poor aesthetics. "Camouflage" treatment is sometimes acceptable in which teeth are moved to accommodate the mismatch of the skeletal components.*

There are times that the jaw is so far off that movement of the teeth alone are not adequate to achieve an acceptable result. In these cases, the movement of the jaws by surgery is necessary. These cases are treated with the help of a surgeon. It is very important that the initial diagnosis and treatment plan are completed with both the orthodontist and surgeon for optimal results.

The procedure can involve the upper jaw only*, the lower jaw only* or sometimes both. It is entirely dependant on where the problem is and how severe it is.