Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery is otherwise called orthognathic surgery. It is done by an oral maxillofacial surgeon along with an orthodontist. It is done to realign the jaw. It is usually done in conditions affecting the facial symmetry, clearing the congenital condition affecting the face, pain caused due to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, and breathing problems caused due to obstructive sleep apnea and mouth breathing.

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My face is too long and narrow even after jaw surgery. How can I improve my appearance?

Query: Hello doctor,I had lower jaw surgery and a sliding genioplasty where my chin was moved forward for 5 mm. Still, I am not happy with my appearance. I feel my face is too long and narrow.What can I do to improve my appearance as it affects my confidence?I have partial numbness in my lip, and I would p...  Read Full »


Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the image (attachments removed to protect patient's identity) you have sent, I feel your face profile is good and do not find any reason for you to be concerned about that. By the way, if you post your pre-operative photos, it will be better for comparison and ...  Read Full »

What are the risks involved in a jaw setback surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 18 year old female. I was 13 years old when I got my braces. My orthodontist made it in such a way that the lower set of teeth were slanting inwards so that my upper row could be in front. I do not have trouble chewing. I want a jaw setback surgery as I find my face structure v...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can undergo surgery to reduce the lower jaw, i.e., mandible by around 5 mm or so if needed. It is only a slight difference. The advantage is a slight increase in aesthetics later on probably. Some disadvantage is always present like you said, i.e., nerve damage...  Read Full »

My centers are not in the midline and the chin is too big. Am I a candidate for jaw surgery?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth were not straight in the past, so I had braces to straighten them up (just finished my treatment last year). However, I still think there are multiple odd things in my face and upper/lower bites. When I open my mouth wide, the right side of my face pops and my chin does n...  Read Full »


Dr. Srinivas Saketh. G

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, but the picture links you sent are not opening at all. Kindly send me the pictures again so that I will be able to answer better.  Read Full »

Is there any surgery to correct the facial profile and forwardly placed mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, From my late teens to now (I am thirty), I started becoming very insecure about my face, especially my side profile. It is heavy, thick and my mouth is more forward. I was prettier as a child. I want to inquire about surgeries that can be done to adjust my jaw. Also, I seem to have so...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am sorry for your suffering. But the picture you sent me is not clear (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Please send close-up pictures of your front face and side face with the mouth in resting position. There is a surgical treatment for this proble...  Read Full »

I am worried about the development of my lower jaw.Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a question about the normal development of facial structure of a male going through puberty. I am 17 years old, my height is 5'7" and I weigh 119 pounds. My diet is normal. I am very frail in stature but, that is not what I am worried about. I am worried about the development ...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your lower jaw (mandible) might be small due to various reasons. Sometimes, genetic inheritance also can be a reason. By your description it seems you have deficient mandible.  In childhood, use of headgear (an extraoral orthodontic appliance) would have done you load...  Read Full »

Can jaw surgery for lack of bone cause any change in the face?

Query: Hi doctor, My daughter had braces for four years but her midline is off and she has a gummy smile. Her bite is fine but her teeth are not properly aligned and she does not have bone on her left side. Her orthodontist referred her to a maxillofacial surgeon who says she needs her upper jaw broken an...  Read Full »


Dr. Gagan Khanna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The procedure which you mentioned is called as orthognathic surgery which is done if there is a skeletal malrelation between the two jaws which cannot be corrected by orthodontics alone. The procedure usually improves the aesthetics of the face and is predictable. The e...  Read Full »

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