Surgery to correct the size and shape of the jaws is a relatively common procedure, usually done in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to align the teeth. The maxilla (upper jaw) or mandible (lower jaw), or both, may require surgical correction to treat jaw deformities resulting from either developmental problems or following serious jaw injuries.
The aim of such surgery is to provide a correct bite of the teeth and a normal facial appearance. Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery) is carried out in hospital and usually requires a stay of 1-3 days. Following surgery, the jaw bones are fixed in their new positions using small bone plates and screws (internal fixation) while healing takes place. This technique allows normal function of the jaws soon after the surgery and has eliminated the older technique of wiring the upper and lower teeth together until healing is complete.
Aesthetic Facial Surgery
Jaw surgery may be carried out to improve facial appearance.
The most common operation is surgery to the chin (genioplasty), particularly for receding or over-prominent chins, in which size and shape may be permanently modified to provide a balanced facial appearance.
Correction of asymmetry (crooked jaws or faces) can also be undertaken, as well as correction of a range of other facial deformities.
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