Collaboration helped provide total jaw reconstruction for UAB professor

For Valerie Accetta, MFA, head of Musical Theatre and assistant professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Department of Theatre, wear and tear from 15 years of singing, chewing and conversation caused the cartilage in her jaw to completely deteriorate. By spring of 2016, a simple task like eating a slice of pizza was impossible, as her top jaw extended inches over the bottom set of her teeth.

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