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Huntsville, AL 35801
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By S. Clint Hudson DMD, MD, LLC
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

When the relationship between both the teeth and the jaw are causing orthodontic problems, corrective jaw surgery may be needed.Corrective jaw surgery Conditions such as birth defects or underbites also might yield the need for jaw surgery. Your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson can perform this surgery to correct minor and major issues such as misalignment of the jaw and teeth.

More about Corrective Jaw Surgery

Surgery can help to improve breathing, chewing and even speaking. A patient’s appearance also improves too. Mostly this surgery, however, is performed by our Huntsville oral surgeon in order to correct function problems.

Some signs that corrective jaw surgery may be needed include:

  • Difficulty biting food or chewing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Headaches/Chronic TMJ pain
  • Excessive wear on the teeth
  • Facial injury
  • Birth defects
  • Unbalanced facial look
  • Receding lower chin or jaw
  • Protruding jaw

Your oral surgeon will work with you to determine whether you’re a good candidate for this surgery. They will determine what procedure is appropriate and perform the surgery themselves.

Corrective jaw surgery can help repair an open bite by removing some of the bone in the upper tooth-bearing portion of the jaw itself. From there, the upper jaw is secured with plates and screws. A protruding lower jaw can be repaired by separating the rear portion of the jaw from the front and modifying it so it is aligned properly. A receding lower jaw is another thing that can be corrected with this surgery. The lower portion of the jaw is separated from the base and repositioned forward.

To learn if you’re a good candidate for corrective jaw surgery by your Huntsville, AL oral surgeon Dr. S. Clint Hudson, call our office today to schedule an appointment at 256-533-1282.