Patients should get jaw surgery when they develop conditions that hinder their overall jaw function. Misaligned teeth require jaw surgery to correct the bite and improve chewing and swallowing.
Other people get jaw surgery for cosmetic reasons, such as correcting any existing facial imbalance. By fixing receding, protruding lower or upper jaws, the face shape improves. Breaking teeth and jawbone from accidents or sports requires surgery to treat. During a dental exam, if we identify any growth or cancerous tumors, we perform jaw surgery to remove them. Our team of orthodontists also develops a treatment plan for the best jaw surgery for your condition.
How is a Jaw Surgery Procedure Done?
First, braces are fit on teeth to prepare them for the procedure. Since jaw surgery is invasive, we administer general anesthesia, so you do not feel any pain during the process. Then our surgeons perform a small incision on the gums to access the jaw bone. We shift the jaw's position, so the teeth align perfectly. Plates and screws hold the jaw in place for a few months as it heals. You might also experience numbness around the neck, face, and jaw immediately after jaw surgery.
Aftercare of Jaw Surgery
After jaw surgery, we advise our patients to follow strict rules to ensure efficient recovery. Swelling and discomfort caused by the procedure can take a few weeks to disappear. To prevent any tampering with the operated area, we recommend a liquid diet of smoothies and soups.
Depending on your age and oral health, recovering from jaw surgery can between six to twelve weeks. It is important to come in for checkups after jaw surgery to continue aligning the teeth. If you require a jaw surgery procedure or have any questions, call us to book your appointment.
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