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Jaw Reconstruction – What to Expect

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You may need jaw reconstruction if you were born with abnormal jaw development. Injury, cancer, and arthritis are other reasons people get jaw surgery. Even a person’s genetic influence can play a part in jaw problems.

Jaw reconstruction is done when the jaw’s shape results in:

  • Difficulty eating
  • Wear or fractures in teeth
  • Facial imbalance
  • Sleep apnea
  • TMD pain
  • Crooked teeth that no braces can fix

Before you undergo orthognathic surgery, you want to know what to expect.

It’s a Long Process

Orthognathic surgery (to correct developmental problems in particular) requires a lot of preparation. Braces may have to be worn to help align the teeth as much as possible before the surgery. Including that and healing time, your entire journey to a more functional jaw could take as long as two years. Be prepared for a long-term commitment.

No Scars

The good news is that nothing will show when you have jaw surgery. It’s all done from the inside. So while jaw surgery is pretty big, it won’t look like your face has been patched up. Bone plates and screws will help hold your jaw in its new position and these are all hidden underneath the skin.

You’ll Need Time to Recover

Jaw surgery if often an outpatient procedure performed with mild sedation. But you will need lots of rest in the days to come. Plan to take off anywhere from one to three weeks from work or school to allow your body to rest. You may not notice a big difference right away, due to mild swelling, but your jaw will start to look better in the months following the surgery.

Consult your dentist or oral surgeon for more details on what orthognathic surgery could mean for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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