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Maxillofacial Surgery
Orthognatic (Corrective Jaw) Surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when jaws don't meet correctly and/or teeth don't seem to fit with jaws.  Jaw surgery is needed when a patient has:

  • Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing

  • Speech problems

  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain

  • Open bite

  • Protruding jaw

  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face. 

Jaw (Orthognathic) surgery not only improves facial appearance by balancing out the face, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.  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, breathing difficulties, speech issues, and lead to jaw pain or headaches.  Even if symptoms aren’t present today doesn’t mean that symptoms may not appear later on.  Orthodontics can correct bite problems only when the teeth are involved, but not when the jaw is misaligned.

Distraction Osteogenesis

Distraction osteogenesis (DO), also called callus distraction, callotasis and osteodistraction, is a process used in orthopedic surgery and oral and maxillofacial surgery to repair skeletal deformities and in reconstructive surgery. The procedure involves cutting and slowly separating bone, allowing the bone healing process to fill in the gap.

Cleft Lip and Palate

After the palate has been fixed, children will immediately have an easier time in swallowing food and liquids. However, in about one out of every five children following cleft palate repair, a portion of the repair will split, causing a new hole to form between the nose and mouth. If small, this hole may result in only an occasional minor leakage of fluids into the nose. If large however, it can cause significant eating problems, and most importantly, can even affect how the child speaks. This hole is referred to as a "fistula," and may need further surgery to correct.

 

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