A lot of people have something called a malocclusion. The term malocclusion refers to any misalignment of the teeth, or when the upper and lower jaws don’t fit together correctly. In most cases, this problem develops in childhood as the result of genetics, birth defects or certain habits such as thumb sucking. While some cases of malocclusion are minor and may not affect a person’s everyday life, other cases can be quite debilitating. Severe malocclusions can alter appearance and make eating, speaking and smiling difficult. Luckily, oral surgery from specialists at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates can help correct these issues and improve patients’ quality of life. Because malocclusion cases also involve orthodontic treatment, our practice is an ideal setting for treatment. All of our specialists are under one roof.
The surgeons at Rutgers Health University Dental Associates specialize in all different types of oral and maxillofacial procedures. One of them is called orthognathic surgery, or corrective jaw surgery. Corrective jaw surgery is used to treat a range of conditions and is often a great way to alleviate pain, restore function or improve appearance. For some patients with very serious or complex cases, corrective jaw surgery can be life changing.