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Jaw Surgery and Orthodontic Treatments

Posted on 12/15/2023 by San Tan Oral Surgery
Image of dental professional focused fixing a patient's mouth at San Tan Oral Surgery. Jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, helps fix jaw and teeth issues. It reshapes the jaw bones to improve their functions. This also enhances your facial appearance. Jaw surgery is the best solution to fix jaw problems that cannot be fixed with braces alone. You might need braces before and after the surgery to make sure your teeth and jaws are in the right place.

Why Is Jaw Surgery Performed?

Jaw surgery is important and has many advantages. It makes chewing easier, so you can eat better. It also fixes speech and swallowing problems, allowing you to talk more clearly. The surgery fixes issues with how your jaw closes and how your teeth fit together. For example, when your front teeth do not touch but your back teeth do, this is called an open bite, and it needs surgical intervention.

Jaw surgery repairs face problems, like overbites and small chins. This helps your lips close properly and wholly. It treats congenital disabilities and face injuries. It can also help with sleep disorders like sleep apnea. Jaw surgery can reduce pain from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and other jaw problems.

What Are Adverse Outcomes of Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery is usually highly successful. Skilled oral and maxillofacial surgeons and orthodontists perform the procedure. However, there are some risks associated with the surgery. These include nerve damage, bleeding, infection, or jawbone problems. Sometimes, you might need more dental work, like a root canal or another surgery.

What Happens After Jaw Surgery?

After surgery, the jaw area might swell, making your face might look puffy. However, the swelling will reduce within a few days. Use ice packs to decrease the swelling. Jaw surgery is also painful. Your doctor will prescribe painkillers to manage the discomfort. You might also experience difficulty while eating. Make sure you eat soft foods for the first few days. A dietitian can help you select the foods to eat and maintain a balanced diet after a jaw surgery.

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