Jaw surgery, also referred to as orthognathic surgery, and is performed on patients with misaligned jaws. When your complications fail to be addressed by using orthodontics dentistry, jaw surgery is recommended to position your jaws and teeth. The orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together to do either maxillary or mandibular osteotomy. The former involves surgery done on the upper jaw, hence its name with the latter on the lower jaw.
When your upper jaw protrudes or recedes and having cross bite, that is, having teeth sitting outside the mouth when you have your mouth closed, may necessitate maxillary osteotomy procedures. While the two procedures involve either affected jaws, one may have both misaligned jaws, which may need bi-maxillary osteotomy.
The dentist will fit braced months before the actual surgery procedures to prepare your teeth and align them in the desired shape and position. Furthermore, you will have scheduled appointments with the dentist for monitoring purposes and to ensure you work out a preferred plan for your dental health.
General anesthesia is used to numb the pain and ensure the dentist has enough time to work on your jaws. Hence you will be asleep during the whole procedure. Depending on the prevailing situation of your jaws and the procedure performed, the average time spent on the procedure is between 3 to 5 hours.
After surgery, most people leave the medical center after about 4 days, after which the dentist issues instructions that ought to be followed to the latter. You may experience swelling and discomfort for a few days but should disappear as time passes.
When To Get Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery helps adjust your bite and correct your asymmetric face. Furthermore, it's advisable to go for jaw surgery to repair face injury or if you have a cleft palate. Constant wear in tear of teeth is harmful to your overall dental health; hence visiting our offices will ensure you get the best jaw surgery procedures. Contact our offices today to book an appointment with us.