Professional Development: D.D.S. – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta – 1973 F.R.C.D.(C) – Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery – Mount Sinai Hospital, New York City, New York – 1976
Professional Development B. Sc. – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta – 1985 D.D.S. – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta – 1987 M.Sc. – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia -1994 F.R.C.D.(C)
Professional Development B.Sc. —University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George, BC — 2001D.M.D. – University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia – 2006F.R.C.D.(C)
BSc. – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta 2005 DDS – University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta 2009 MD – Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia 2016 MSc.
Education and qualifications Current Positions Biography
Professional Development Biography Dr. Tim McGaw is a registered specialist in Oral Medicine and Pathology. He founded the Oral Medicine graduate program at the University of Alberta.
Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws do not meet correctly and/or teeth do not adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery re-positions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly. People who can benefit from orthognathic surgery include those with an improper bite or jaws that are positioned incorrectly. Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates.
During early pregnancy, separate areas of a child's face develop individually and then join together, including the left and right sides of the roof of the mouth and lips. However, if the sections don’t meet, the result is a cleft. If the separation occurs in the upper lip, the child is said to have a cleft lip. A completely formed lip is important not only for a normal facial appearance but also for sucking and to form certain sounds made during speech.
The temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to your skull. You have one joint on each (left and right) side of your jaw. When the joint is injured or damaged, it can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Since some types of TMJ problems can lead to more serious conditions, early detection and treatment are important.
A natural tooth consists of a root and a crown. If you compare natural teeth to implant-supported replacement teeth, you’ll see they have the same basic parts. Both have a crown (the visible part used to chew food). Both have a root that holds the tooth securely under the gum and is anchored into the jaw. The difference is that the implant is made of titanium – the same time-tested material used by surgeons for artificial joints. When you lose a tooth, you lose both the root and the crown.