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Jaw Surgery FAQs

Woman having jaw examinedAre you doing research about jaw surgery? Many of our patients ask similar questions, so we have put together an FAQ to help you as you set out to learn what you need to know about this type of oral procedure. If doubts remain, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our office to learn more.

Why May I Need Jaw Surgery?

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Corrective jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, may be required to correct issues in the jaw resulting from its structure, TMJ, issues caused at birth, teeth grinding and clenching (bruxism), sleep apnea, cleft palate, growth deformities, and others.  

Who Performs Jaw Surgery?

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Corrective jaw surgery is a special type of procedure performed specifically by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon (OMS). You may receive a referral from your general dentist or doctor or find an OMS on your own. Dr. Fangman and Dr. Robinson are specialists with years of experience in orthognathic surgery.

What Are the Symptoms of Someone Who Needs Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgery can have a dramatic impact on your life, but some patients may not realize they could benefit from it. Some of the signs that you have a condition requiring jaw surgery could include the following:

  • Pain in the jaw when eating, speaking, or opening the mouth wide
  • Wear and tear of the teeth
  • Imbalanced bite
  • Mouth breathing
  • Sleep apnea
  • Protruding chin
  • Open bite (when the upper and lower jaw do not fully meet)
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Birth defects
  • Facial trauma

What Can I Expect From Jaw Surgery?

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This is oral surgery that is performed either in a hospital or outpatient center. It will usually require you to be put to sleep. The exact treatment plan will depend on your specific needs, but in all cases an incision is made in the inside of the mouth. Plan to have someone escort you to and from the surgery and to check on you throughout the day following the procedure. We will give you plenty of time to wake up from the anesthesia before sending you on your way.

What Is Recovery Like after Jaw Surgery?

We will give you precise instructions for recovery before the procedure and once again after. You should maintain a soft foods diet if instructed to do so, take all pain medication as instructed, and get plenty of rest and relaxation. Keeping your head elevated in the hours following the procedure will reduce swelling. Do not hesitate to get in touch with our office if symptoms persist or do not improve after several days.

Where Can I Learn More about Jaw Surgery?

If you have been told you need to have jaw surgery and are interested in learning more from true experts in oral and maxillofacial surgery, you are invited to contact the office of Altitude Oral and Facial Surgery. Request an appointment online today!