Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective Jaw Surgery is used to correct both minor and major skeletal structure issues including misalignment of jaws and teeth. This procedure may also help improve one’s chewing, speaking, and breathing, and also can change a person’s appearance.
Before a surgical procedure is enacted, braces are generally placed on the patient to correct the teeth and jaw. Corrective Jaw Surgery can generally be done entirely on the inside of the mouth, leaving no visible scars. The mouth is opened and cuts are made into the jawbone in the appropriate places and moved until the positioning is correct. In some cases, bone will be added. Small screws and plates are used to hold the jaw in it’s new position and the patient is stitched up. Once the jaw is healed the orthodontist will finish aligning the patient’s teeth in the correct position.