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Defining Jaw Surgery

Defining Jaw SurgeryAbnormalities of the jaw can cause difficulties with basic oral functions such as chewing, speaking, and breathing, and may even compromise the facial aesthetics. Some patients may require jaw surgery to restore the key functions as well as improve facial appearance by making the jaws more symmetrical and proportionate to other facial features.

Dr. Landon McLain is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon providing cutting edge procedures, including jaw surgery.

Dr. McLain is also a qualified and focused cosmetic surgeon, and will create an ideal combination of functional and aesthetic improvements of the jaw. He provides jaw surgery to patients in Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other cities and towns in The Heart of Dixie.


Benefits of Jaw Surgery

Jaw surgery can be used to correct both physiological and cosmetic problems related to the jaw. A surgeon with training and experience in both these areas can produce comprehensive and favorable results. Correction of jaw anomalies through surgery can benefit in various ways, including:

  • It can resolve problems such as birth defects of the jaw, growth disturbances or previous trauma that may not be corrected by orthodontic treatment alone
  • It can correct the bite to improve jaw function
  • It can enhance a long-term orthodontic outcome when a bite issue has occurred due to an underlying jaw anomaly
  • It can minimize the overall treatment time in situations where it is possible to cut down the need for orthodontic treatment by repositioning the jawbone
  • It can create a more balanced and attractive facial appearance
  • It can improve breathing by addressing problems associated with sleep apnea
  • In conjunction with speech therapy, it can treat speech abnormalities
  • It may provide relief from pain in the jaw muscles or joints in certain cases

Patients should, however, note that while jaw pain may sometimes improve with the repositioning of the jaw, jaw surgery does not guarantee of reduction or elimination of pain.



Jaw surgery involves several techniques to place the jawbones, teeth and other related structures into their appropriate anatomical positions. Jaw and bite abnormalities that cannot be corrected by orthodontics alone may require jaw surgery. In such a case, the orthodontist will move the upper and lower teeth into their right positions as per their respective jaws.

The orthodontist will also arrange the bite to create an ideal relationship between the upper and lower teeth. Thereafter, Dr. McLain will perform jaw surgery to correct the position of one or both jaws. In many cases, this procedure will help to extend the orthodontic outcomes and reduce treatment time.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), commonly known as TMJ, is an ailment of the joints or muscles of the jaws. The wise and sterling Dr. McLain will try to avoid jaw surgery to address TMD, and only recommend this option where the patient is experiencing life-altering pain that a more ideal occlusion may improve. Only if conservative therapies fail to provide benefit, he may recommend jaw surgery.

Dr. McLain receives patients from Huntsville, Madison, Florence, Decatur, Scottsboro, Cullman, Athens, Alabama, and other communities and towns in this part of America for jaw surgery.

McLain Surgical Arts is a leading cosmetic surgery practice headed by Dr. Landon D. McLain MD, DMD, FACS in Huntsville, AL. Dr. McLain is a double board certified cosmetic and oral & maxillofacial surgeon, offering a variety of procedures such as dental implants, wisdom teeth extraction, breast augmentation, liposuction, rhinoplasty, tummy tuck, facelift, Botox, and laser skin resurfacing. For more information or to schedule a consultation call 256.429.3411 or click here.

Now taking patients from Huntsville, Scottsboro, Decatur, Madison, Athens, Florence, Cullman, AL and surrounding areas.

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