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Why You May Need Elective Jaw Surgery

Posted on 11/7/2022 by Pacific Maxillofacial Center
Why You May Need Elective Jaw SurgeryJaw irregularity is a common problem due to misalignment of the upper and lower jaw. Getting elective jaw surgery is sometimes necessary. As an informed patient, it is important to make informed decisions about elective surgery and familiarize yourself with the treatment plan and risks, if any.

Your dentist may recommend elective surgery if you suffer from any of the below conditions.

Chewing Problems

When your upper and lower jaws are misaligned, chewing and biting becomes difficult. Chewing becomes difficult because your teeth do not fit together. This problem is manifested through overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites. You may experience discomfort or pain.

Speech Problems

Speech problems occur when you have a small jaw, and your teeth become crowded. Crowding of teeth limits your tongue's movement, and you cannot move around freely.

Severe Jaw Pain

Movement between your upper and lower should be smooth. If you notice that you are experiencing pain when your mouth is wide open or your jaw locks, you could be suffering from temporomandibular joint(TMJ).

Facial Injury

Accidents happen, and you may find that you broke your jaw and teeth during a sporting activity. These are likely to affect your face's symmetrical shape and functionality. Elective surgery will repair and restore your facial appearance.


Strained jaw muscles have to work hard to get the job done. Strained jaw muscles lead to constant migraines, which will deter you from engaging in your daily activities. Migraines affect your productivity.

Facial Imbalance

If you notice that your smile or line of your face is crooked, it could result from crooked or overcrowded teeth. Such teeth alter your face's appearance, and elective jaw surgery is a good option.


Successful elective jaw surgery will go a long way toward correcting these jaw-related problems. Jaw surgery will improve your quality of life.

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