Jaw Surgery

Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that can affect chewing function, speech, long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. People with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly can benefit from orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery.

Symptoms include:
• Difficulty in chewing, biting or swallowing
• Speech problems
• Open bite
• Protruding jaw
• Breathing problems

Before any treatment begins, a consultation is necessary to perform a complete examination with x-rays. Dr. Hagan uses modern computer techniques and three-dimensional models to show you exactly how your surgery will be approached. Using comprehensive facial x-rays and computer video imaging, we can show you how your bite will be improved and even give you an idea of how you will look after surgery.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Dr. Hagan will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional and healthy dental-facial relationship.