Oral and maxillofacial surgery can correct a wide range of conditions and issues from TMJ disorders to cleft palate and other skeletal deformities of the jaw area. This can be life-changing for many patients and give back your ability to enjoy an improved quality of life. Dr. Linda Hallman is a leading Washington, DC orthodontist for the surgical correction of jaw problems and structural irregularities. She will coordinate your care with leading oral surgeons and provides follow up care to ensure the best possible outcome.
Dr. Hallman’s education, advanced training, and professional experience provide the foundation for the most comprehensive treatment available and a successful result. Dr. Hallman was the founder of the residency program at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC and currently serves as a specialist on the Craniofacial Team. Her broad education, including a Ph.D. in Anatomy, gives her a unique blend of in-depth knowledge of the musculoskeletal system and skilled dentistry.
What Is Orthognathic Surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is a specialized series of procedures for correcting abnormalities in the jaw and lower face. There is a range of reasons for needing corrective jaw surgery, including:
- Bite problems
- Severe maloccusion
- Cleft palate
- Genetic deformities
Orthognathic or corrective jaw surgery may also be recommended to address soft tissue and airway problems that are considered the underlying cause of sleep apnea. This type of surgery can be performed on both children and adults and will solve problems that orthodontics alone cannot fully resolve.
Corrective jaw surgery is often a part of your comprehensive orthodontic treatment plan when addressing complex problems. In some cases, it can prevent a young patient from needing braces or complex dental treatment later in life by intercepting developmental concerns early.