Jaw surgery involves correcting abnormalities or reconstructing damaged tissue in the jawbone. As with many other types of surgical procedures, one’s recovery time varies based on different factors. When it comes to jaw surgery, there is no standard time frame for recovery. Fortunately, our oral surgeons will offer guidance during the post-operative and recovery phases of treatment to help patients resume normal, everyday activities as soon as possible.
When is jaw surgery necessary?
Jaw surgery is necessary when a patient suffers from discomfort or reduced oral function caused by misaligned or damaged jawbones. Sometimes one jawbone will develop more quickly than the other one. This can lead to malocclusions like underbites, overbites, and open bites that cannot always be corrected with orthodontic treatment alone. This type of treatment is corrective in nature. When the jawbones are misaligned, it can lead to diminished oral function and permanent damage to the TMJs (temporomandibular joints) and teeth.
Another reason jaw surgery might be necessary is to reconstruct bone mass. For instance, if a person has lost bone mass to disease or osteoporosis or has endured facial trauma, reconstructive surgery might be required to restore oral function. Reconstructive surgeries typically involve bone grafting. A treatment where excess bone is taken from the hip or knee or from a tissue bank and placed over areas in the jaw where bone is needed.
How will I know if I need jaw surgery?
Normally, patients find out they might need jaw surgery after a visit to the dentist or after a traumatic injury. At this point, those who might need jaw surgery will be referred to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. An oral surgeon is a specialist trained to perform a variety of surgeries and treatments throughout the oral cavity and facial region.
After a consultation, which will include a physical examination and the use of diagnostic images, a treatment plan will be developed to restore or correct any abnormalities.
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