What You Should Know About Jaw Reconstruction Surgery
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Jaw reconstruction surgery might sound frightening. It isn’t easy to accept that your jaw needs surgical treatment to be realigned. However, overcoming the fear is worth the years of having straightened, visually appealing jawline.

Jaw reconstruction surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, is a specialized treatment for dental and skeletal irregularities or jaw alignment issues. By realigning the upper and lower jaws, teeth, and sometimes chin bones and cheeks, the surgery may not just improve the function of your jaw and teeth, but also improve breathing, speaking, and chewing.

If you are considering a jaw reconstruction surgery, here are a few things that you need to know before considering the option.

Is Jaw Reconstruction Surgery the Right Option for Me?

Jaw reconstruction surgery is typically required to correct the abnormal growth of the jaws. The condition is often inherited, but may also result from facial injury or arthritis, in some cases.

The jaw surgery may be suggested by your dentist, orthodontist, or oral and maxillofacial surgeon after a clinical examination and radiography report. You may be recommended the surgery in one or more of the following cases.

• Difficulty in biting and chewing

• A protruding jaw

• Chronic jaw or jaw joint pain

• Sleep apnea

• Excessive wear or breakdown of teeth

• Receding chin

• Facial imbalances

• Mouth breathing and dry mouth

• Overbite, underbite, or crossbite

How Long Does the Treatment Take?

Jaw reconstruction surgery is planned and performed by maxillofacial surgeon in coordination with dentist and orthodontist. The full course of treatment typically includes braces for 9 to 18 months before the surgical procedure. The orthodontic process may level and align your teeth to prepare your jaw for the surgery. Depending upon the severity of the condition, the entire process may take from 12 to 24 months.

Jaw reconstruction surgery is performed after the growth of the jaw stops, ranging 13-15 for females and 16-18 for males.

What Post-Surgery Measures Do I Need to Take?

After surgery, it may take up to 6 weeks to recover completely. In the initial few days, you may have facial swelling that may increase before it subsides. It is suggested that you take liquid or thinner foods during the first few days.

Even after the splint is removed, it is best to avoid chewing to prevent screws and plates from getting displaced. Remember that adequate healing may take up to 8-12 weeks, so make gradual use of the jaw to ensure gradual progression and proper healing.

Considering jaw reconstruction surgery? Visit Akron Area Oral, Maxillofacial & Facial Surgery Center for pain-free surgery and treatment options.


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