Summit Centre

Corrective Jaw Surgery

The development of facial bones affect oral health and facial appearance. The size and position of facial bones and teeth affect how effectively a person bites, chews and speaks.

Any of the following symptoms may indicate a need for corrective jaw surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing or biting food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Chronic jaw pain
  • Excessive wearing of teeth
  • Open bite (a space between upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed)
  • Overbite or under-bite
  • Unbalanced facial appearance
  • Facial injury or a defect from birth

Correction of these problems will improve function and may also improve facial esthetics.
Treatment of the majority of these conditions requires collaboration between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon as well as other professionals.