Not every one of us has a perfect jaw line. Some of the jaw problems can be resolved with orthodontics alone. But moderate to severe jaw defects need corrective jaw surgery which is also referred as orthognathic surgery.
What is jaw surgery?
Jaw surgery is also termed as orthognathic surgery. It is mainly useful for correcting the functional problems such as chewing, speaking, and breathing. Aesthetically, it is also beneficial in enhancing the person’s appearance. There is a lot more to explore about jaw surgery before opting for it. Your surgeon or cosmetologist would choose the type of jaw surgery where you fit in.
What are the types of jaw surgery?
This procedure is performed on the upper jaw to fix the problems such as a cross bite. During the procedure, the surgeon makes an incision above your teeth, this makes the jaw and the upper teeth move forward until they align with the lower teeth. The surgeon then places tiny screws and plates to fix the bone in its new position.
This procedure is performed to correct the lower jaw problems such as receded lower jaw. The surgeon cuts the bone present behind the molars, vertically down the jaw bone, which helps the jaw bone to smoothly slide to its new position. Your surgeon then fixes the new position with the help of tiny screws.
This procedure is performed to fix the defects in the chin bone. During the procedure, your surgeon cuts the chin bone and moves into a new secured position.
Who are the right candidates for jaw surgery?
Certain conditions may make you eligible for undergoing a jaw surgery which includes,
- Birth defects
- Protruding jaw
- Facial injury
- Difficulty swallowing
- Difficulty in biting food
- Irregular facial appearance
- Receding lower jaw and chin
What are the benefits of jaw surgery?
The benefits of jaw surgery are very prominent as it corrects your jaw and teeth positions, thus enhancing your look. You will feel that the teeth and jaw are more functional and healthy. There will be an improvement in the speech, biting and chewing mechanisms. Ultimately, you will have a dramatic change in many aspects of your life.
After care and recovery
Aftercare is the most important aspect after undergoing any kind of procedure. Likewise, after a jaw surgery, you must follow the dietary patterns instructed by your surgeon. Initially, you will have to take a modified diet which your surgeon instructs and then can follow the normal diet as the time passes.
You must refrain from smoking and performing strenuous exercises. Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication to control the pain. Generally, you can resume the normal activities from one to three weeks after the procedure. It takes nearly 12 months for a complete healing.