TREATMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL DEFORMITIES OF THE JAWS
Developmental deformities of the jaws are those deformities that present malocclusion of the teeth, malefaction of the jaws and associated facial disfigurement. They are thought of most often congenital in origin, but they may also result form other causes.
The surgical correction of these deformities is one of the most challenging and intriguing aspect of oral surgery. Helping persons so afflicted is also one of the most gratifying services that it is possible to render.
Individuals with developmental deformities of the jaws are invariably self-conscious of their abnormal faces and usually have reflected personality problems. Their primary concern is their appearance. However, when correction of these deformities is contemplated, more than esthetic improvement must be considered. Correction of functional deficiencies is equally as important, and this factor must be fully considered in treatment planning. In almost every instance personality inadequacies are eliminated automatically after corrective surgery.