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Procedure to Correct Over-Bite

Lower Jaw Surgery
  1. Braces are put on first
  2. When the teeth are aligned, you are ready for jaw surgery
  3. Lower jaw surgery is done inside mouth without outside scars.
  4. The surgery moves the teeth of the lower jaw forward.
  5. Titanium plates are used to hold the bone together until it heals.
  6. We never wire the jaw closed.
  7. Braces are continued after surgery

Please note that the sensory nerve (yellow) of the lower jaw is buried in the bone. The bone must be sectioned and there is a real risk of an unintended injury of the nerve.  It may take a year to recover, and then 30% of the patients will have permanent numbness. But it does not affect function and many patients do not even notice the deficit.

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