Dr. Wolford specializes in complex jaw revision surgery. Corrective jaw or orthognathic surgery may be indicated in dentofacial deformities when teeth do not fit together (malocclusion), misaligned upper jaw (maxilla) and lower jaw (mandible), airway obstructive sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Jaw surgery usually involves the coordinated efforts of the dentist, orthodontist, and oral and maxillofacial surgeon to correct misaligned jaws and teeth (dentofacial deformity). The dentist is responsible for taking care of the teeth and gums, the orthodontist is responsible for straightening the teeth, and the oral and maxillofacial surgeon is responsible for repositioning the jaws or portions thereof to achieve the best dental fit and jaw function as well as improve facial balance.
Who benefits from Orthognathic Surgery?
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Orthognathic surgery may be indicated for adults, teenagers, and children, whose teeth do not fit together, jaws are misaligned, and/or significant esthetic imbalances are present. Jaw and dental misalignment problems can be genetic, congenital, or developmental in origin, thus, present at birth or develop during growth. Injuries to the jaws and jaw joints as well as pathology (i.e. abnormal growth centers, tumors, etc.) can also create dentofacial deformities at any age. Symptoms that a person may have with a dentofacial deformity include the following:
- Over-development or under-development of either jaw
- Facial imbalance and/or asymmetry
- Teeth do not fit together
- Inabilities to eat and chew properly
- Airway problems particularly with breathing
- Speech problems associated with the deformity
- Open bite where either the front teeth or back teeth don’t touch when other teeth are touching together
- Pain in the jaw muscles or jaw joints
Please contact Dr. Larry Wolford's office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115 if you would like to schedule an appointment.