Jaw surgery is needed when jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t seem to fit with jaws. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.
Contact us today if you have have jaw pain, difficulty chewing or biting!
Who Needs Jaw Surgery?
People who can benefit from jaw surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. 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, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Jaw surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.
Difficulty in the following areas should be evaluated:
- 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. Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.
Orthognathic Surgery Presentation
To provide you with a better understanding of orthognathic surgery, we have provided the following multimedia presentation. Many common questions pertaining to orthognathic surgery are discussed.
Technology & Jaw Surgery
Jaw Surgeons Dr. Clark, Dr. Holmes, Dr. Matthews and Dr. Smith use modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your jaw surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you’ll look after surgery. This helps you understand the surgical process and the extent of the treatment prescribed. Our goal is to help you understand the benefits of jaw surgery.
If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery , Drs. Clark, Holmes, Matthews and Smith will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Kaley B
Dr. Holmes performed my jaw surgery almost 3 weeks ago and he was phenomenal. I had heard horror stories about this surgery and them “wiring” your mouth shut. None of that was necessary. Dr. Holmes thoroughly explained everything he was going to do while easing all of my worries. The healing process has been great…
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Belinda M
I had an underbite that I was wanting to have corrected for years,but because of horror stories I kept putting it off.my orthodontist referred me to dr Clark and I'm glad he did.i highly recommend him for this type of surgery.he is the best my jaw surgery was nov 1. It was only an overnight…
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Wendy M
Dr. Holmes preformed my jaw surgery 3 weeks ago. I could not be more pleased! No pain what so ever. Excellent results. Very great surgeon! Will be recommending your office to my patients!
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Sibo M
I had a great experience everyone was very nice!
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Tiffany S
Dr, Clark did my reconstructive jaw surgery over a decade ago, and I still tell people about him any chance I get. Being able to smile changed my life. I was just looking up your website today to link to a friend who's husband may need the same type of surgery and thought I should…
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Our Latest Patient Testimonial by Ashley
Great Experience!!!! I was very reluctant to have jaw surgery because of all the horror stories I heard. I had a very bad overbite and decided to go ahead with it. Dr. Clark was so caring and explained the whole procedure and everything I would need to know beforehand. The surgery was a piece of…
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