Surgical Corrections of Facial Deformities

Functional malocclusion (overbite or underbite) can be corrected with a combination of dentofacial orthodontics and corrective surgery. Occasionally there is a discrepancy in size between the upper and lower jaw causing one or both of them to grow at different rates. This results in a misalignment of the jaws and subsequently the teeth. If one’s bite is severely misaligned, all of the chewing is performed by only a few back teeth causing premature loss of the teeth or severe stress on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Corrective surgery may be required to realign the jaws. The surgery in most cases is performed on an inpatient basis in the hospital. Dr. Hoschander is a member of the team for these cases including the internist, orthodontist, speech pathologist, anesthesiologist, and if necessary, plastic surgeon that will provide complete care for your situation.

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