dental implants and orthognathic (jaw corrective) surgery

Orthognathic surgery is done for correction of a jaw abnormality.  Either the maxilla or mandible is too little or too large or some combination.  These abnormalities can also involve congenitally missing teeth or a premature loss of teeth.  Sometimes dental implants are placed prior to jaw surgery to help with tooth position or they are placed after jaw surgery to stabilize the occlusion (bite).  Oral and Maxillofacial surgeons are trained to help you with both of these problems (jaw corrective surgery and dental implant placement).  To read more about this type of surgery, see the Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Surgery (J Oral Maxillofac Surg 71: 1923-1932, 2013).


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