Corrective jaw surgery is performed for those patients where traditional orthodontics (braces) cannot bring the teeth into a normal, stable, and reliable bite. A plethora of conditions can exist to exacerbate this problem. Common diagnoses are listed:
- Hypoplastic mandible: Small or pushed-back lower jaw causing an "over-bite."
- Transverse deficiency of the maxilla: Upper jaw is narrower than the lower jaw causing a "cross-bite."
- Hypoplastic maxilla: Small or pushed-back upper jaw causing an "under-bite."
- Hyperplastic mandible: Enlarged lower jaw causing an "under-bite."
- Facial/Jaw asymmetry: One side of the face/jaws is longer or shorter than the other side.
Dr. Jacks will discuss the specifics of your case:
- Review your health history.
- Perform a clinical exam and review any necessary x-rays.
- Discuss your diagnosis with you and your orthodontist.
- Discuss the appropriate level of anesthesia (general anesthesia in an operating room).
- Pre-op and Post-op details.
- Scheduling and fees.