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Oral Surgery - Jaw Surgery
Jaw Surgery/ Orthognathic Surgery
Jaw surgery or Orthognathic surgery is often performed to correct an improper bite and misaligned jaws, due to differences in growth rates in the upper vs. lower jaw, injury, and birth defects. Although orthodontics can correct some bite problems for your teeth you may also require corrective jaw surgery. This will take considerable coordination from your orthodontist and Dr. Girod to plan that teeth will fit correctly after surgery. Symptoms that should be evaluated at the time of consultation are:
- Difficulty biting, chewing, or swallowing
- Speech problems
- Open bite (inability to make lips close comfortably)
- Protruding jaw
- Breathing problems or sleep apnea
- Receding chin
This type of surgery can enhance a person's appearance dramatically, but its main purpose is to correct a persons functional problems. This process will take commitment from both the patient and orthodontist, as it is a lengthy process. With the help of your Primary Care Physician or Orthodontist we will be able to determine if this procedure is right for you.
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Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery ClinicDedicated to quality patient care, our clinic offers treatments such as jaw and tooth surgery, sleep apnea treatments, and craniofacial reconstruction.
Oral Medicine and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic724 Oak Grove Avenue
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Oral surgery is a treatment for impacted teeth, or teeth trapped below the gum line, removing the teeth to reduce risk of infection and pain.
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