Maxillary Hypoplasia in Children

When the upper jaw doesn't grow enough, it can cause a facial deformity called maxillary hypoplasia. Because our experts are pediatric plastic surgeons, not dentists, we have the expertise to restore the appearance and full function of your child's face. We're here to make your child's future confident and comfortable.

Maxillary hypoplasia creates the illusion of a large chin due to a small upper jaw. This results in an underbite, which affects chewing, breathing, speech and long-term oral health. New advances like virtual 3-D surgical planning and "osteodistraction" are improving results for children needing facial reconstruction. Our team includes world-renowned leaders in this field.

Your Child's Care Begins Here

Treating an underdeveloped upper jaw requires looking at the problem from a variety of perspectives. Our pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeons integrate cheek, nasal, soft tissue and jaw surgery, not just teeth, to restore overall facial balance and function. Every element of your son or daughter's facial structure can be assessed and treated as part of a complete plan.

We take a more advanced approach to treatment, including developing a personalized 3-D virtual model before surgery. This allows our team to carefully plan out each step of the surgery as well as precise measurements, sometimes just millimeters, needed to achieve the best outcome.

Treatments We Provide

Distraction Osteogenesis
In some cases a device can be placed on the jaw for bone “distraction.” This technique allows the body to grow its own bone and avoids the need for bone grafts.

Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
After puberty is complete, we move the jaws into their new position and hold them in place with small plates and screws.