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Face and Jaw Surgery

Jaw Surgery

12/13/2000

Question:

Would like some information on having jaw surgery on both top and bottom.Only found people that have had bottom jaw done.

Answer:

It is pretty common for people who need orthognathic, or jaw repositioning surgery, to have surgery on both the upper and lower jaws. These surgeries are used to correct conditions where the jaws are not aligned well with each other or where there is a significant difference in size. In these cases, patients may have problems with teeth not meeting or working against each other properly, or even obvious facial deformities. The surgery is usually done along with orthodontic treatment to align the teeth properly in each jaw first. Your orthodontist and/or oral and maxillofacial surgeon can evaluate your "facial skeleton" and explain why, in your case, surgery on both jaws might provide the best result. Hope this helps.

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Response by:

Gregory M Ness, DDS Gregory M Ness, DDS
Clinical Professor of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University