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Important Info about Jaw Reconstruction Surgery

Posted on 2/27/2016 by Dr. Michael Allard
An elderly woman in need of a jaw surgery. If you have problems with your jaw alignment or bite, your first stop was probably to the orthodontist.

However, there are some cases that are too significant for your orthodontist to handle, and more extensive, surgical intervention is needed. In these cases, jaw reconstruction surgery may be recommended, and if you are considering this treatment method, there is a lot to learn about the procedure.

When is Jaw Reconstruction Surgery Needed?

For the most part, conditions that require the use of corrective jaw surgery result from abnormal growth and development. However, there are other problems that may warrant the procedure, as well, and jaw surgery may be suggested in these conditions:

•  Excessive breakdown or wear of the teeth
•  Difficulty swallowing food, chewing, or biting
•  To improve the appearance of a gummy smile in which the lips don't fully close
•  Chronic jaw joint pain as a result of TMJ
•  Sleep apnea
•  Facial imbalances, including overbites and underbites

What Can You Expect During - an after - Jaw Reconstruction Surgery?

Depending on your problem and the treatment recommended by your oral surgeon, jaw reconstruction surgery can be performed on either or both jaws. However, it is recommended that surgery is not performed until jaw growth is complete during the teenage years.

Your reconstructive jaw surgery will most likely be performed inside of your mouth, so you won't have to worry about developing any facial scars. Most surgeries take place on an outpatient basis, meaning you'll be able to go home the same day as long as you have a chaperone to drive you.

Afterwards, it is common to experience some facial swelling for a few days, and other, more subtle changes of your appearance can continue for a year.

Jaw surgery is performed to improve your health, appearance, and overall comfort. If you have questions about jaw reconstruction surgery, please call our office today.
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