Modern digital technology helps us to understand the hard and soft tissues of your jaw, although we never forget the human touch.
Dysgnathia is a misalignment of the jaw, which can have distinct origins, or arise from a combination of causes. They range from incorrect tooth position, to receeding, or protruding bone structure, to jaw joint problems.
Aesthetic requirements can be a rational reason for treatment, although medical needs are likely to coexist. An incorrect bite hampers chewing and digestion, oral hygiene, breathing, or speech.
Dry mouth can be connected to jaw alignment, a higher susceptibility to oral, or wider infections, sleeping may be more difficult. The benefits of correcting the condition are multiple and come from effective diagnosis.
Creating A Strategy
Our maxillofacial consultant will discuss your medical history, current symptoms and how you feel about the condition. Dysgnathia is unique in almost every case, your input counts alongside medical understanding.
Following a physical examination, there is likely to be a need for x-rays, or a 3D scan, which takes place in our clinic. This can be helpful for accurate diagnosis and for modelling the future.
Your consultant’s experience is the key to success, supported by computer aided design and functional analysis of your facial structure. They create a shared understanding of required medical, or aesthetic changes.
A range of facial surgery and other techniques are helpful for jaw misalignment, which tend to be in three core areas:
- Orthognathic Surgery – To reposition your jaw and correct any imbalance between the upper and lower regions.
- Specialist Dental Care – Which can range from wider orthodontics, to addressing the position of individual teeth.
- Temporomandibular Joint Treatment – Your jaw joints can contribute to dysgnathia, or suffer as a secondary outcome.
Incorrect tooth position is a common cause of jaw misalignment, although may not be the sole, or underlying cause. An holistic view often sees different aspects of treatment working together, to achieve the result you wish to see.
Our Harley Street Clinic
Having all the specialties needed for dysgnathia under one roof is valuable. Leading maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists and aesthetic facial surgeons can work together, to bring coordinated care.
Your diagnosis and treatment will be managed by a senior consultant, at a personal level. All the skills you may require are still at hand, from significant jaw surgery, to fine tuning through orthodontics.
We appreciate the importance of providing jaw alignment treatment, for medical, or aesthetic benefit. This deals with an area that is at the centre of life and can have a notable personal, or social impact.
If our team can offer any further information, or you would like to arrange a consultation, please get in touch at any time.