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Here at Dental Specialty Associates, our patients’ comfort and well-being are our top priority. In addition, we want everyone to leave our office with a confident, healthy smile. For some people, getting that smile requires a more in-depth approach.

We’re talking about corrective jaw surgery, which for some people can make all the difference in having that confident smile. Here’s how to tell if you need corrective jaw surgery.

Oral surgeons perform jaw surgery to improve a misalignment of the jaw that negatively affects a person’s quality of life. The condition may stem from a wide variety of skeletal or dental irregularities and may make it hard for you to chew, breathe, or speak properly.

Common Conditions

According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, common conditions that require corrective jaw surgery include:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting food, or swallowing
  • Chronic jaw or jaw joint (TMJ) pain and headache
  • Open bite (space between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed), or an inability to make the lips meet without straining
  • Birth defects
  • Receding lower jaw and chin
  • Protruding jaw
  • … and more

Common Reasons

Seems like the most common reasons that someone may have corrective jaw surgery are a protruding jaw, a receding jaw, or an open bite. While correcting these conditions does tend to change a person’s physical appearance dramatically, it is important to note that this is not the same as aesthetic plastic surgery.

If you think you may need corrective jaw surgery, it’s best to start by consulting your regular dentist or orthodontist. Some conditions may be resolved through corrective procedures such as braces or a retainer, while other, more severe conditions may require surgery.

Need Corrective Jaw Surgery?

In conclusion, corrective jaw surgery can make all the difference for someone who struggles to eat, breathe, or speak because of jaw misalignment. Do you need corrective jaw surgery? Our team of highly qualified specialists at Dental Specialty Associates would love to help change your life for the better. Therefore, give us a call at 602-795-5995 to start your transformation.