Jaw surgery

Reconstructive and corrective procedures

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Duke Plastic Surgery specialists in oral and maxillofacial surgery use their advanced expertise to correct teeth misalignment, jaw misalignment, and TMJ disorders. We combine jaw surgery and orthodontics to improve your function and your appearance .

Reconstructive and corrective jaw surgery

Jaw surgery (orthognathic surgery) may be an option for you if you have a severe overbite, underbite, or crossbite. Jaw surgery may also be appropriate to treat teeth misalignment (malocclusion), chronic jaw pain, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) ankylosis (jaw bones fused in your joint), and jaw problems related to facial trauma, deformity, and disease. Depending on your condition, your treatment plan may significantly reduce pain or difficulty with chewing, swallowing, speaking, sleeping, and breathing. It can also improve related problems such as headaches and sleep apnea.

Corrective jaw surgery may successfully treat a protruding jaw (prognathism), severely receded or "weak" chin (retrognathia), or unbalanced facial features. Jaw surgery can result in a more balanced and attractive facial appearance. 

If you are considering jaw surgery, our skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons work closely with you to evaluate your condition, and determine the best approach to ensure you experience the most optimal results.

Choose Duke for your corrective jaw surgery because we offer:

  • Surgical expertise in the mouth, jaw, and face. Our plastic and reconstructive surgeons undergo advanced training in surgical procedures of the head, neck, jaws, and face (often referred to as the maxillofacial region). Our expert team includes craniofacial surgeons, oral-maxillofacial surgeons, orthodontists, and dentists.
  • Respected surgeons. Our plastic surgeons share their experience by teaching advanced reconstructive techniques to doctors across the country and around the world. Our combined skill and leadership means you work with some of the most knowledgeable and experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons in the U.S.
  • Personalized treatment recommendations. After an extensive consultation and careful evaluation, we recommend which type of procedure, or combination of procedures, will give you the results you want.