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What is jaw surgery like?

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Dr. Kirk Yen
Dr. Kirk Yenanswered
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 39 years experience
Upper or lower jaw: Upper jaw surgery will involve the sinus and the nasal cavity. Stuffy nasal congestion and drainage will occur and subside over the next week or two. Lower jaw surgery involves the lower nerve and possible numbness of the lip and chin. It usually subsides over 2 to 6 weeks. Amount of swelling varies but can be significant. Follow the post-surgery instructions completely. It is major surgery.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial 46 years experience
Depends on type: May types of jaw surgery, ranging from cancer surgery, TMJ surgery, bite correcting surgery, bone grafting, etc. Best advice, see an oral surgeon, ask very specific questions.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

How can having jaw surgery feel like?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 55 years experience
How does it feel?: Questions that ask "what does it feel like when.....? Are best answered by a health care professional who has already examined you and knows you, your history and the specifics of the proposed procedure. Patients vary widely in regard to pain threshold and recuperative powers, and two individuals may report totally different experiences with the exact same procedure. Talk to your own doctor.

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