When making a diagnosis of your jaw deformity, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will first start by asking about your medical history and conducting a thorough physical and dental evaluation. This will include evaluating:
- The proportions of your face
- Functional problems and abnormalities related to your jaw and teeth
- Problems with dental hygiene, such as recession of gums
- Functional problems and abnormalities related to your air passageway, which may cause problems such as sleep apnea
In addition, imaging tests of your face, such as X-rays and scans, also may be recommended to assess potential treatment approaches.
UCSF Health medical specialists have reviewed this information. It is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace the advice of your doctor or other health care provider. We encourage you to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your provider.