Reconstructive jaw surgery corrects jaw and facial skeletal abnormalities. Patients with these problems may have difficulty speaking, chewing, or breathing normally during sleep, as well as issues related to facial appearance.
The actual surgery, performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, generally occurs after several months of orthodontic preparation. The surgery is carried out in a hospital setting under general anesthesia.
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