» UNEQUAL JAW GROWTH- A CAUSE FOR CONCERN
When an individual’s jaw fails to grow properly, both functional and psychological difficulties may be experienced. Functionally, this abnormality may interfere with proper chewing, create difficulties in swallowing, cause a speech defect, result in chronic mouth breathing and lead to jaw pain. Psychological difficulties that can accompany this kind of problem are also important considerations.
Some abnormalities may involve only misaligned teeth and can be corrected orthodontically with braces or other appliances. More serious problems may require surgery to move all or part of the upper jaw, lower jaw or both into a more normal position.
Surgical correction of such irregularities is undertaken after thorough study and consultation with an orthodontist and restorative dentist. Once the precise nature of the abnormality is determined, the surgical strategy is planned and the outcome may be reasonably predicted. Surgery can be performed in this hospital under general anesthesia.
Corrective jaw surgery moves teeth and jaws into a new position that is more balanced, functional and healthy. Cosmetic maxillofacial surgery can repair physical malformations resulting from disease, injury, burns, birth defects or aging. It may also serve to restore normal function and improve individual’s appearance.
Because of their surgical and dental back-ground, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are uniquely qualified in the treatment of the face, mouth, teeth and jaws. Extensive education and training in surgical procedures involving both the soft tissue (skin and muscle) and hard tissue (bone and cartilage) of the maxillofacial area, makes the oral and maxillofacial surgeon finely attuned to the importance of harmony between facial form and function.View Gallery