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This article will tell you everything you need to know about orthognathic jaw surgery, including recovery time, complications, surgery costs, and more from our experience with this surgery.
Corrective jaw surgery
Also known as orthognathic surgery fixes the misalignment of your jaw bone to realign teeth for people that have a severe overbite or underbite and it can really help improve your speech and your smile.
Is typically done by an oral surgeon under general anesthesia in a hospital setting and most people don't know that it takes a team of dentist and specialist to get the job done.
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So who are the ideal candidates for this type of jaw surgery?
Well, this type of surgery is typically done for patients that have severe bite problems. That cannot be corrected with braces alone it can help with your bite If you have difficulty chewing food it helps correct facial imbalances such as a small chin underbite overbite or even a crossbite it can help with breathing problems due to sleep apnea and the list goes on.
Let's talk about the two main reasons why people get jaw surgery
Correcting a severe underbite is one popular reason why people get jaw surgery and you can do this in two ways.
One is to move your upper jaw forward and the other way is to move your lower jaw back.
Both options are going to give you better symmetry and alignment of your face and sometimes they have to do a bi-jaw or double jaw surgery in order to get the best results overbites are corrected by moving the lower jaw forward or moving the upper jaw backward. Remember that changing the position of your jaw can have a huge impact on your overall facial appearance as well as how your body functions. For example if you move your upper jaw forward it can change the appearance of your nose and if you move lower jaw backwards it can limit your airway. So it’s important that your oral surgeon evaluate all these options in order to put you in the most stable condition.
So now we want to talk to you about each step of the jaw surgery
You’re going to be put in braces and the orthodontist is going to line your teeth in a way that makes sense for the oral surgeon before he repositions your jaw. After this is done you're going to schedule an appointment with your oral surgeon typically in a hospital setting under general anesthesia and the oral surgeon is basically going to make cuts in your jaw that allow them to freely, reposition the jaw and the orientation that makes the most sense they then place plates and screws to secure the jaw into position and these implant will integrate with your body. They are permanent and they will keep your jaw stable and sometimes a surgeon may recommend wiring your teeth together using the braces that you have on in order to secure it kind of like a cast, which will make the recovery process a little bit more predictable.
Once this is done you're going to heal and orthodontist is going to take over to make any other repositioning that they need to do with your teeth in order to give you the best smile possible.
What about the recovery process?
Doctors going to recommend eating a soft food diet, avoiding strenuous activity avoiding tobacco and obviously having excellent oral hygiene at home.
Complete healing can take anywhere between 12 weeks or more, depending on how Invasive, the surgery.
After the surgery, you will definitely experience some pain and swelling difficulty, eating due to a bite change and you're also going to have to get adjusted to a new facial appearance member that you just had jaw surgery and there's a lot of swelling and sometimes it can be a shock to look in the mirror and see this basically really swollen face, but don't be alarmed.
The swelling will subside overtime and eventually it's going to look much, much better for me.
What are the complications and risks associated with this type of jaw surgery?
Procedure. There are some risks that we have to mention these include infection, blood loss, nerve injury jaw, fracture, relapse of the jaw position problems with your bite and temporomandibular joint pain.
How much does jaw surgery cost
Cost is always a tricky question, but the surgery costs an average of $20,000 to $40,000.
However, if you have really good medical insurance and there's a reason other than Aesthetics to do the jaw surgery, for example, if you're having problems breathing, and you want to move your lower jaw forward, or if you're having problems with your speech, or speech, impediment, or things like that, then your insurance can cover a lot.
The best thing to do is always get a consultation, go check with your medical insurance company and see what the coverage is.
The surgery has complications. For example, a nerve can be damaged, it is really possible. As in my case, you will have to get used to a different kind of face. Some people have amazing results and like the way they look. Unfortunately, this is not always the case, and some people have to deal with it. That's why we advise you not to take this decision lightly. It's an important decision. It's a life-changing decision, and you have to evaluate the pros and cons of surgery.
We hope this article helps someone in need. And remember, if you are looking for a great dentist, be sure to contact the UAmedTOURS manager for a consultation.
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