A protruding jaw can affect patients of all ages, including children and adults. In some cases, a protruding jaw may be the result of a congenital and developmental abnormality. When a malocclusion cannot be corrected by dental and orthodontic treatment, a jaw surgery expert, also known as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, will work in conjunction with other dental professionals to address the problem. A jaw surgery expert’s objective is to help patients achieve facial symmetry, reduce speech impairments associated with the misalignment of the jaws, and correct the way that the upper and lower sets of teeth (bite) fit together. Oral surgeons provide a variety of services that include treatment for sleep apnea, TMJ disorder, and full-mouth rehabilitation.
Will a protruding jaw affect my oral health?
A protruding lower jaw can have far-reaching effects on your oral health. For example, if your jaw misalignment causes your teeth to scrape against each other unnecessarily, your teeth will eventually weaken. When teeth scrape and grind against each other, tooth enamel becomes damaged. This leaves teeth unprotected and susceptible to dental caries. Weak teeth are also vulnerable to chipping and cracking.
Are there other concerns associated with a protruding lower jaw?
Yes, other concerns associated with jaw misalignment include the development of TMJ dysfunction, which can cause facial pain, headaches, and difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Many patients with this problem also face difficulty speaking properly and eating food comfortably.
How will jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) help?
Jaw surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is corrective in nature. Our jaw surgery expert will develop a treatment plan specifically for each patient to address misaligned jawbones. Orthognathic (jaw) surgery may be required to restore a patient’s oral health. If your dentist or orthodontist has suggested that you visit an oral surgeon, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our doctor. At your appointment, a thorough oral examination will be conducted to determine how best to help you.
If you have questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact Dr. Larry Wolford’s office using our online contact form or call 214-828-9115