Pierre-Robin Sequence

    Pierre-Robin Sequence A small lower jaw (mandible) can lead to abnormal tongue positioning causing a cleft palate which may obstruct the airway in some newborns.  The small jaw prevents the tongue from lying forward and can be fatal if unrecognized.  A craniofacial surgeon can help the problem by bringing the lower jaw forward by a process known as Mandibular distraction. Lengthening the jaw may alleviate the obstructive sleep apnea, improving your child’s...

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Mandibular Hypoplasia

Mandibular Hypoplasia

  Mandibular Hypoplasia A small lower jaw is known as mandibular hypoplasia and it can be isolated or part of a syndrome (along with other deformities). One or both sides of the jaw can be involved and treatment is aimed at lengthening the part of the jaw that is affected.  This can be accomplished surgically using either bone grafts or mandibular distraction.  Treatment is aimed at improving the facial aesthetics as well as the functional bite (occlusion). Dr....

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