Corrective Jaw or Orthognathic Surgery
Jaw growth is a slow and gradual process, and occasionally the over development or underdevelopment of either jaw may occur as a result of disease, trauma, or genetics. This developmental defect of the jaws, requires corrective jaw or orthographic surgery to correct this problem.
One or both jaws may grow too much or too little. The resulting abnormality may interfere with proper teeth alignment, speaking and chewing. The tongue and lips may be forced to move awkwardly during speech and swallowing, in an attempt to compensate for the jaw mal relationship. There may even be a speech defect or excessive mouth breathing.
Damone E. Smith, D.D.S
Diplomate, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Adjunct Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Nova Southeastern University School of Dentistry
Florida Center for Oral Surgery & Dental Implants