For many patients in the Baltimore area, jaw misalignment and jaw-related conditions are a constant concern. Because of these misalignments, patients may suffer from a number of conditions related to the structure of the jaw, jaw growth, sleep apnea, TMJ disorders, and cleft palate. These conditions can be chronic or mild, can be caused by genetics, disease, or trauma, and can range anywhere from minor pains to severe disfigurement. The oral and maxillofacial surgeons at Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants treat these conditions in Baltimore patients through corrective jaw surgery.
Corrective jaw surgery is done to correct orthodontic problems that cannot be easily treated with braces alone. Corrective jaw surgery is needed when the jaws do not meet properly, and teeth do not fit properly within the overall jaw structure. The surgery can realign a misaligned jaw and move teeth about to eliminate chronic pain and promote a healthy and aesthetically pleasing smile.
Problems Resulting from Improper Alignment of the Jaws
Jaw growth is a gradual process and, in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health, and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment.