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Why Choose Jaw Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery or “jaw surgery” can correct issues that cause the jaws to be unable to align properly. In the same way that teeth can be straightened with orthodontics, the misaligned jaw can be corrected with jaw surgery.

The benefits of having jaw surgery include improved facial appearance and properly functioning teeth and bite. Whether the problems with the jaw occurred naturally from birth or were caused by environmental influences or trauma to the face, corrective jaw surgery is a smart and effective option for issues relating to the mouth and jaw.

Issues That May Be Corrected with Jaw Surgery:

  • Difficulty chewing, biting, or swallowing
  • Improper bite
  • Protruding jaw
  • Sleep Apnea/breathing problems
  • Speech problems
  • TMJ dysfunction or chronic jaw pain

Technology and Jaw Surgery

Rapidly evolving 3D imaging, modeling, and printing/manufacturing techniques have led to significant advances in all aspects of medicine.  Dr. Tomlinson leverages these technologies to assist in diagnosis, planning, treatment plan communication with patients and treatment team members, and execution of jaw surgery.  Specifically related to jaw surgery, technology now allows us to model each unique patient in 3 dimensions for more thorough analysis and treatment planning.  In addition, we can create custom made surgical guides and custom made pre-printed or manufactured, patient-specific plates.  All these technological aspects come together to create a scenario where jaw surgery can be performed safely, more accurately, and more efficiently.

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