Jaw growth occurs at a different rate for every person. In some instances, the upper and lower jaws may not grow in proportion to one another. When this occurs, there is a risk that the child may develop speech problems, may not chew effectively, may struggle with self-consciousness due to appearance, and may have difficulty keeping teeth and gums healthy. Some patients may be helped with a thorough course of orthodontics, while others will gain the greatest benefit from orthognathic surgery.
The intent of orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is to address problems that may not be successfully resolved with orthodontics alone. When the upper and lower jaws are properly positioned in the surgical procedure, the ideal bite can be achieved.
The Necessity of Optimal Oral Structure
Malocclusion, or a bad bite, can be very problematic. Ideally, the oral structure will bring upper and lower teeth together fully during mastication. The proper meeting of teeth allows for equal distribution of force across the line. If only a few teeth are coming into contact to chew, those that receive the most force are susceptible to excessive wear. The bone that lies beneath these teeth is also at a greater risk of deterioration due to the overload of stimulation.
Dr. James has the extensive educational background in medicine and dentistry that his patients trust in addressing complex issues related to jaw structure. During a comprehensive consultation and exam, he is able to accurately predict the long-term effects of bite issues. One of the primary concerns of severe malocclusion is tooth retention.
Teeth are crucial to oral health, an attractive face, and a general sense of comfort and confidence. The key here is that teeth need to be pain-free, healthy, and able to perform their intended purpose if the patient is to enjoy a high quality of life. Bite problems may affect every area, from facial symmetry and balance to the inability to bring lips together. Structural issues may leave front teeth vulnerable to injury, and may have an adverse effect on facial profile. Correcting malocclusion with orthognathic surgery, Dr. James addresses each area of concern, from facial deformity to structural integrity and more.
Consult with New Orleans Oral and Maxillofacial surgeon Dr. James regarding the benefits of orthognathic surgery. Call (504) 378-2030.