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.
Some of the following are possible conditions or symptoms that may indicate the need for corrective jaw surgery:
- Difficulty chewing or biting food
- Difficulty swallowing
- Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headaches
- Excessive wear of the teeth
- Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
- Unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
- Facial injury
- Birth defects present in the teeth and jaw
- Receding lower jaw and chin
- Protruding jaw
- Inability to make the lips meet without straining
- Chronic mouth breathing
- Sleep apnea (breathing problems when sleeping, including snoring)
Any of these problems can exist at birth or may be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences or, trauma to the face. Any patients in the Baltimore area suffering from these types of symptoms are encouraged to contact the specialists at Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants to talk about the options for recovery.
Technology and Corrective Jaw Surgery
Dr. Schwartz and Dr. Hyatt use advanced computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show exactly how the surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial radiographs and video stills, the professionals at Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants can show patients how their bite will be improved and can even provide an approximation of any aesthetic improvements post-surgery. These types of conversations are all part of the full consultation that can help Baltimore patients understand the needs, the process, and the effects of corrective jaw surgery.
Patients who are in need of, or may think they are in need of, corrective jaw surgery in the Baltimore area are encouraged to talk to Maryland Center for Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. Call (410) 628-1839 to schedule a consultation today.