Mandibular hyperplasia in children

When the lower jaw grows too much, it can cause a facial deformity called mandibular hyperplasia. Unlike many maxillofacial surgery programs, ours is led by plastic and craniofacial surgeons. This means we are able to address the full facial structure and use the latest technology and surgical techniques to deliver outstanding results.

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Mandibular hyperplasia is excessive growth of the lower jawbone. As a result, the jaw protrudes or develops asymmetrically. Misaligned teeth and problems with facial function are the result. This excessive growth usually begins before puberty but does stop growing on its own. Surgery and orthodontic care are typically used to restore facial function and appearance.

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When it comes to your child's face, trust the leaders. Our pediatric craniofacial surgeons are experts in facial reconstruction for children. Through our supportive and advanced surgical care, your son or daughter will again have a perfect smile.

As specialists in pediatric care, our team of plastic surgeons is adept at working with still-growing bones. They are also leaders in advances like osteodistraction and virtual 3-D surgical planning, which are improving results for children needing facial reconstruction. It all adds up to bringing more complete and long-lasting solutions for your child.

Treatment options

Corrective jaw surgery
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Surgery is done to remove excess bone and properly align the jaw. It is then held in place with small plates and screws. This can be done during and after growth.

Distraction osteogenesis
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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.

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Braces before or after surgery can complete the full recovery of teeth alignment. This ensures proper ability to chew and prevents future problems with oral health.