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Face and Jaw Surgery (Maxillofacial Surgery)
UT Southwestern Medical Center is a recognized leader in the highly specialized field of maxillofacial surgery. Our expert surgeons and world-class academic medical center offer the most advanced procedures available.
Innovative Treatments for Face and Jaw ConditionsMaxillofacial surgery refers to specialized surgery of the face, jaw, and the surrounding tissues and dental structures.
UT Southwestern face and jaw specialists combine expert, compassionate care with the most effective, innovative treatments. Surgeons from Asia, Europe, and South America have visited our renowned Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinic to observe and learn from the advancements we've made.
Conditions We Treat
Our team performs a range of advanced maxillofacial surgical procedures to treat problems that include:
- Bone injuries of the maxillofacial region, including orbital-floor blowout fractures and underdevelopment of the jaw due to conditions such as zygomatic hypoplasia
- Congenital abnormalities such as cleft lip and cleft palate
- Injuries to the teeth and surrounding dental structures
- Soft-tissue injuries of the maxillofacial region
- A septum that needs to be straightened or reduced
Diagnosing and Treating Maxillofacial Problems
UT Southwestern’s maxillofacial surgeons use advanced imaging to precisely diagnose injuries and conditions of the face and jaw.
We then work closely with patients – and often with our colleagues in dentistry, oral surgery, orthodontics, and other specialties, as needed – to create and execute a personalized and comprehensive treatment plan.
Whether patients’ conditions were present at birth or a result of injury, disease, or a genetic condition, our surgeons can repair and realign the bones and tissues of the face.
Services We Provide
UT Southwestern offers corrective and reconstructive jaw (orthognathic) surgery, which is sometimes necessary when the jaws do not meet correctly or the teeth do not “fit” with the jaws.
UT Southwestern also offers maxillofacial prosthodontics – dental prosthetics for jaw and facial tissue. Our maxillofacial surgeons use the most sophisticated techniques to correct defects of the head, face, and jaw caused by tumors, cancer surgery, traumatic injuries, and birth defects.
Prostheses, made from human tissue or artificial materials, include eyes, ears, noses, and special devices to improve speech and swallowing.
A comprehensive evaluation by a dentist, orthodontist, and oral surgeon helps us determine which patients are most likely to benefit from surgical interventions.