Some people do not realize that, if their lower and upper teeth are not properly aligned, it can cause both cosmetic and painful problems with their jaws. However, the fact is that dentofacial deformities can create problems from improper chewing and biting. Fortunately, there are treatments that can restore a proper bite and create facial harmony.
At the Los Angeles Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence, our maxillofacial surgeons correct dentofacial deformities using cutting-edge techniques. If you think you may be suffering from this condition, don’t hesitate to contact our dentofacial deformity experts for a consultation.
What is a Dentofacial Deformity?
A dentofacial deformity is a condition wherein the lower or upper jaws are not in proportion with the face and head. Aesthetic and functional problems can result because the lower and upper teeth are not lined up properly.
Dentofacial Deformity Complications
Dentofacial deformities can create a number of health issues as well as adversely affect one’s appearance. Irregularities in the jaw’s size can impact the way a person talks, chews and bites, as well as other functions of the jaw.
Common deformities include retrognathia, in which one’s lower jaw or mandible is undersized, thus creating an overbite. When the mandible is oversized, patients often suffer from underbites. When the upper jaw or maxilla in undersized, this creates a weak midface and a “toothless smile.” When the maxilla is oversized, this can produce “buck teeth.”
A dentofacial osteotomy is a surgical method used to correct problems with the jaw. Individuals with dentofacial deformities that experience difficulties with biting, chewing, overbites, underbites, TMJ pain and other jaw problems can take advantage of this corrective dental surgery.
Dentofacial Orthopedics and Dental Surgery in Los Angeles
Before determining what type of dentofacial treatment is best for your dentofacial deformity, an oral and maxillofacial surgeon will examine your mouth in order to diagnose the problem accurately. The following are surgical procedures to correct dentofacial deformities:
Maxillary (Upper Jaw) Osteotomy
Our maxillofacial surgeons in Los Angeles will make incisions in the mouth and through sinuses. This will enable the upper jaw, the roof of the mouth and the upper teeth to move together. The surgeon will then align the upper jaw so that the upper and lower teeth are aligned correctly. This procedure is also known as a lefort I osteotomy.
Mandible (Lower Jaw) Osteotomy
Incisions are made by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon directly behind the molars. This seperates the frontal part of the jaw, making the chin and teeth move together. The mandible is then slid into the new position. This procedure is also known as a bilateral sagittal split osteotomy.
Additional surgical options are available to correct problems with overbites, underbites and other dentofacial deformities. In order to determine the best surgical method, X-rays and a thorough examination should be made. Following a dentofacial osteotomy, recovery can require 2 to 3 months to allow for proper healing. However, patients can typically resume work within 1 to 3 weeks. After surgery is completed, instructions for pain relief, antibiotics and daily cleaning will be given.
Contact the Best Dentofacial Orthopedics Specialists in Los Angeles
Dentofacial deformities can create many health issues and unwanted discomfort if left untreated. Contact a maxillofacial surgeon at the Los Angeles Jaw Surgery Center of Excellence to schedule your consultation and end unnecessary suffering from jaw problems by calling (888) 391-3205.
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