Patients with improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly.
Patients who experience the upper jaw and lower jaws growing at different rates.
Chewing function, speech, long term oral health and appearance, chronic TMJ, and breathing problems.
Many of the fractures involving the jaw bone are treated and stabilized by the surgical placement of small plates and screws at the involved site similar to orthopedic bone fracture repairs.
This treatment can often allow for healing and avoid the necessity of having the jaws wired together. This technique is called “rigid fixation” of a fracture. This recent development and use of rigid fixation has profoundly improved the recovery period for many patients, allowing them to return to normal function in a shorter period of time.
Isolated injuries to teeth are quite common. These type of injuries involve treating fractures in the supporting bone or in replanting teeth that have been displaced or knocked out.
These types of injuries are treated by "splinting" (stabilizing the affected area by wiring or bonding teeth together.)