Corrective or orthognathic jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS) to correct a wide range of minor and major irregularities in the skeleton and teeth, including misalignment of the jaws and teeth. Surgery can improve chewing, speech and breathing. While the patient's appearance can improve dramatically as a result of his surgery, orthognathic surgery is performed to correct functional problems.
The treatment can vary from a simple mentoplasty to a combined maxillary surgery by means of skeletal surgery.
The following are some of the conditions that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery
- Difficulty chewing or chopping food
- Difficulty to swallow
- Headache and chronic jaw or jaw pain (TMJ)
- Excessive wear of teeth
- Open bite (space between upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects
- Lower jaw and chin recoil
- Prominent jaw
- Inability to make lips are forced
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (trouble breathing when sleeping, including snoring)
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