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What is corrective (jaw) surgery?

Posted on 12/19/2022 by Rendon Orthodontics
What is corrective (jaw) surgery?Jaw surgery also referred to as orthognathic surgery, is a dental procedure that helps correct the jaw bones' irregularities and realign the teeth and jaws to enhance function. This also helps to improve your facial appearance. The surgery corrects jaw problems, which orthodontics alone can't resolve. It is good to note that you must have braces on your teeth before, during, and after the surgery until you recover fully, and your teeth realign. Jaw surgery is done once the growth stops, that is, at the age between 17 to 21 years for the males and 14 to 17 years for the females.

Why is jaw surgery done?

The primary purpose of jaw surgery is to restore function. The procedure improves your overall chewing and biting. It also ensures you swallow food or drinks with ease. Jaw surgery plays a vital role in improving your speech and pronunciation and enables your lips to close comfortably. Besides, it minimizes the chances of teeth damage and repairs congenital disabilities or facial injuries. The process also corrects facial imbalances like crossbites, overbites, and underbites. The surgery also helps relieve pain due to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and offers relief for obstructive sleep apnea.

Is jaw surgery safe?

Corrective (Jaw) surgery is safe when performed by a professional oral and maxillofacial surgeon in the joint effort of an orthodontist. Some of the surgery risks include nerve injury, blood loss, infection, jaw fracture, and loss of a jaw portion. Another undesirable risk is that you may require further surgery or root canal therapy on the affected teeth. You may also experience the jaw relapse to the original position and develop jaw joint pain and bite fit problems. Immediately after the surgery, you might encounter swelling and extreme pain.
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