Vanderbilt Craniofacial Treatment Center

Dental Deformities

In addition to severe deformities which involve the cranium and the orbits, bone deformities in the jaw region can result in many dental difficulties, including how the teeth fit together, or occlusion.

Slowed growth or fusion of the bones in childhood can result in a misalignment of the jaw bones, causing severe under- or over-bites (hypoplastic mandibles and prognathic mandibles, respectively), as well as a recessed mid-face.

These conditions can lead to facial deformity and occlusal problems, resulting in difficulty chewing, as well as low self-esteem.

Surgery to the upper jaw, or maxilla, can correct these conditions, improving overall bite, as well as appearance.

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