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Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery


Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery is a procedure utilized to treat a wide variety of discrepancies of the jaws and teeth. These discrepancies may lead to difficulty chewing, difficulty swallowing, problems with the jaw joint, difficulty with speech, excessive wear on teeth, disharmony of the facial profile, dry eyes, weak chin, and problems breathing. Surgery is performed by oral & maxillofacial surgeons in our practice to correct the misalignment and improve the patient’s ability to function; and while this is a procedure for functional purpose, there is often a positive change in the facial appearance.

Not everyone who has misaligned teeth or jaw discrepancies require jaw surgery. We work closely with orthodontists to determine which patients are candidates for surgery, traditional orthodontics, or a combination. Those patients who would benefit from surgery are most commonly placed in orthodontic appliances (braces) to prepare for the surgery as well as to detail the bite after the surgery. The surgery is dependent on the discrepancy and can involve one or both jaws going forward, backward, up, or down. These operations are planned carefully and by using molds of the teeth, the surgery is performed in our laboratory before the actual surgery. Once this “model surgery” is done, the movements are captured in plastic splints that are placed on the teeth during surgery to help assure precise movements of the jaws and teeth. 

Just like orthodontics, this surgery is most commonly performed in the late teens or early twenties, but patients of any age who have jaw and dental discrepancy may be candidates for surgery. There are also certain scenarios where early combined surgical-orthodontic therapy can lead to a greater movement of teeth and the supporting jaw than is available with traditional orthodontics. If you are not satisfied with your bite or the appearance of your jaws, contact our office for a consultation.

Meet our Surgeons:
Radhika Chigurupati, DMD, MS 
Pushkar Mehra, BDS, DMD 

To make an appointment, call: 617.638.4350

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Boston Medical Center
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Call: 617.414.ACHE (2243)
Fax: 617.414.4866
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Boston University Goldman School of Dental Medicine
100 East Newton Street,
Suite G-407
Boston, MA 02118

Call: 617.638.4350
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Boston Medical Center
Moakley Building
830 Harrison Avenue
First Floor, Suite 1500
Boston, MA 02118

Call: 617.414.4838
Fax: 617.414.4126

Maxillofacial Prosthetics Clinic

Boston Medical Center
Yawkey Ambulatory Care Center
850 Harrison Avenue, 6th Floor
Boston, MA 02118

Call: 617.414.4046
Fax: 617.414.5203

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