The facial skeleton, including the jaw bone, can develop irregularities for many different reasons. Some people are born with jaw irregularities while other features become apparent later in life. Injuries, dental irregularities, and even certain health conditions have the potential to affect the function and appearance of the jaw bone. Oral and Facial Surgeons is your go-to team if you think you may need corrective jaw surgery in Phoenix.
Patients suffering from jaw irregularities might experience symptoms such as:
• An open bite
• Difficulty biting or chewing food
• Excessive teeth wear
• Difficulty swallowing
• Sleep apnea
• Inability to place lips together without straining
• Chronic mouth breathing
• Dry mouth
• An unbalanced facial appearance from the front or side
• A receding chin or protruding jaw
Diagnosing Jaw Irregularities
The skilled eye of an experienced oral surgeon can identify the presence of an irregularity, though medical imaging is typically necessary to confirm the diagnosis. Imaging also provides your health care team with a closer look at the exact nature of an irregularity and how it might be impacting the bone and tissue around it. This information is necessary in order to recommend a course of treatment. A specialist like an oral surgeon will be best equipped to help you manage your condition and to provide appropriate care solutions.
Where Can I Get Help?
The board certified oral surgeons at Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona are able to treat a wide range of dental and maxillofacial irregularities. Dr. Sabol and Dr. Golding have extensive experience helping patients achieve their oral health goals through optimal care and years of experience.
Is Surgery Necessary?
Patients receiving a diagnosis of jaw irregularity might wonder if surgical intervention is really the only option. In some cases, other treatments may help correct the problems caused by the underlying irregularity; however, these treatments will only manage the symptoms and may not be a comprehensive solution. Surgery may be the best way to correct your particular concerns, so these consultations are important.