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Corrective Jaw Surgery: Understanding The Process

Posted on 1/9/2023 by Tessa Smith-Greisch
Corrective Jaw Surgery: Understanding The ProcessIf you struggle with a misaligned jaw, corrective jaw surgery is one of the corrective processes and treatments you might undergo. The corrective jaw surgery procedure involves a significant bit of preparation, followed by the actual surgical procedure and post-operative recovery process.

Before the Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery involves realigning your jaws to ensure they are a good fit for each other. Your surgeon may suggest you have all of your teeth pulled, including your wisdom teeth, some months before the actual corrective jaw surgery. This period also involves a considerable number of tests and exams, including imaging, photos, and models of your teeth to help guide your operation.

The Actual Surgery

The corrective surgery is often performed in a hospital an outpatient surgical clinic, or an osteopathic medical specialist's office, and requires anesthesia. It involves the surgeon repositioning the jaws to better suit your needs and aspirations.

Surgical plates, screws, wires, and rubber bands may be used to keep your jaws in their new positions. It's possible that you will need to wear a plastic splint manufactured specifically for your teeth after surgery. Most surgeons attempt to reduce scarring by making incisions inside the mouth. However, in some cases, the dentist might make small incisions on the outside.

Following the Surgical Procedure

Like any other dental procedure, corrective dental surgery requires a considerable amount of post-operative care. The surgeon will advise you on how to eat properly on a reduced diet consisting primarily of liquids and soft foods, foods that are generally easy to handle and ingest.

Furthermore, dentists advise that one avoid all forms of nicotine, and reduce their participation in strenuous exercise, including sports. To deal with post-operative pain, medication can be useful. Most patients resume normal activities within two to three weeks. Talk to us regarding corrective jaw surgery.

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