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What to Do When Your Jaw Grows Unevenly

Posted on 4/20/2018 by Dr McMurray
Uneven Jaw South Valley Oral and Facial Surgery CA 95123-1220We have seen people living with uneven jaws, tolerating the issue, especially when they are not bothered by the condition.

However, this is only bearable if the unevenness is at a minimal level. If an uneven jaw continues to grow, there may be an underlying problem behind it.

Severe uneven jaws can create many problems in your life, as well as leave you in pain. If you think your jaw is uneven and need the opinion of an expert, visit us right away and our oral and maxillofacial surgeon will correct your jaw problem.

Common Signs of an Uneven Jaw

Uneven jaw problems typically begin with the individual noticing an overbite or underbite. Whichever of the two are factors to be considered as a sign, depending on which jaw is growing more rapidly. As the uneven growth continues, the sign becomes more and more noticeable.

People can no longer deny their uneven jaw problem because continuous growth will lead to a disproportionate face. This issue will not just affect your appearance, but also your capacity to talk, bite, chew, and eat can be affected.

Sometimes, when the case is so severe, you will feel pain just by placing your upper and lower teeth together. There is also the tendency to have difficulty in swallowing.

What Oral Experts Would Do to Correct the Problem

The surgery performed to correct uneven jaw is called orthognathic surgery. This type of corrective jaw surgery is a joint effort done between an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and an orthodontist.

The oral surgeon is responsible for surgically correcting the alignment of the jaw, while the orthodontist is responsible for the correct positioning or alignment of the teeth.

Once you suspect that there is unevenness in your jaw, it is vital for you to have it checked as early as possible. The earlier the detection, the faster we can treat it and stop it from getting worse.
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