Correcting Irregularities, Resolving Symptoms
The mandible (or lower jaw) is the largest bone in the skull and the only movable bone in the face, playing a necessary role in facial movements, such as chewing, speaking, and smiling. If the mandible and the maxilla (upper jaw) develop incorrectly, or if the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connecting the lower jaw to the skull is dislocated, a host of subsequent problems can occur. From an unbalanced facial appearance to chronic jaw pain or difficulty breathing, skeletal damage or irregularities may require more complex reconstructive treatment with corrective jaw surgery. A correctly positioned jaw and teeth can dramatically improve or eliminate symptoms of TMJ disorder, sleep apnea, and many other oral health issues associated with the jaw.
Improving Facial Function and Appearance
Corrective jaw surgery can be needed for a variety of reasons, including birth defects, facial trauma, or when the issues cannot be corrected with orthodontics or conservative treatment. In each situation, the goal of jaw surgery is to restore facial harmony and balance by correctly aligning the jaw bones in the proper position. We use advanced technology to aid in treatment planning, then during the procedure itself, the jaw is gently manipulated, repositioned, and secured with small pins that fuse to the bone during healing. Once fully healed, the jaw will be in correct alignment, improving breathing, chewing, and speaking, balancing the facial appearance, and creating a better environment for the teeth. The thought of undergoing jaw surgery may cause anxiety or fear for some patients, and we help you feel comfortable in your decision by providing education on your treatment options as well as offering differing levels of sedation with our anesthesia services.
Issues with the jaw that may require surgery:
- Difficulty breathing
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Difficulty biting or chewing food
- Chronic migraines
- Unbalanced facial appearance
- Facial trauma
- Chronic jaw joint (TMJ) pain
- Protruding or receding lower jaw
Care from a Uniquely Qualified Oral Surgeon
Oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the only specialists recognized by the American Dental Association required to undergo four additional years of hospital-based surgical training, and are experts in reconstructive face and jaw surgery. As a board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Aaron Quitmeyer is uniquely qualified to perform complex corrective surgeries of the jaw designed to produce the most functional and aesthetic results possible. He has attended numerous continuing education courses on maxillofacial reconstruction and orthognathic surgery and is experienced in surgical techniques and technology that help him provide his patients with the highest possible standard of care. We work with your dentist and orthodontist to ensure all facets of your treatment are with the goal of improving the structure of your jaw and thus, your quality of life.
Real Patient Transformations
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