Orthognathic Jaw Surgery Newport Beach
The midface of a patient with cleft lip and/or palate can be more flat than the rest of the face. This is attributed to a combination of scarring from the cleft lip and palate repair, as well as the reduced rate of midface growth from the congenital abnormality. Often the upper and lower teeth do not occlude or fit correctly. These patients may need orthognathic jaw surgery to move the upper jaw forward. At times, the lower jaw is also moved back. Either a one time advancement surgery or bone distraction over time of the upper jaw may be required, depending on the distance discrepancy between the upper and lower jaw. Dr. Chen may perform this type of surgery with an oral surgeon.