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Do I Need Jaw Surgery
I have an underbite but my molar and pre molar teeth are aligned. I have spaces on my lower front teeth. Do I need jaw surgery to fix it?
Orthodontist eval: Typically, underbites and overbites can be corrected by any number of means such as braces and corrective gear. Surgery is an option of there is misalignment or maldevelopment needing to balance the skull and jaw areas. A good thorough Orthodontist evaluation should be able to tell you if you will need surgery or not.See 2 more doctor answers
The question is somewhat vague, but jaw surgery could be defined as surgery on the jaw. Could be upper or lower jaw. Could be reconstructive jaw surgery such as orthognathic surgery, which involves making bone cuts, or osteotomies, in the jaws to reposition them into a more harmonious relationship, and holding them in their new position with titanium plates and screws. Also ...Read more
What happens if my orthodontist said I'll need jaw surgery to close my open bite, but the braces close my open bite fully do I still need jaw surgery?
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.See 1 more doctor answer
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.See 1 more doctor answer
Jaw Surgery: Questions that ask "how painful is.....? 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, reaction to medication ; recuperative powers, and two individuals may report totally different experiences with the exact same procedure. Talk to your own dr.See 3 more doctor answers
Depend on type of Sx: If you have facial surgery to change the position of your jaw bones or facial cosmetic surgery then yes it will change the appearance of your face but if you have intra-oral surgery for problems involving your gums or teeth then there should be no external changes in your facial appearance. You need a consultation with a surgeon to see what type of surgery you need.See 1 more doctor answer
Discuss with surgeon: It depends upon many factors, such as your age, medical conditions and health, exactly what surgery is contemplated, etc. Your own surgeon would be the one to give you the best and most accurate answer to your question.See 2 more doctor answers
Jaw surgery: The question is somewhat vague, but jaw surgery could be defined as surgery on the jaw. Could be upper or lower jaw. Could be reconstructive jaw surgery such as orthognathic surgery, which involves making bone cuts, or osteotomies, in the jaws to reposition them into a more harmonious relationship, and holding them in their new position with titanium plates and screws. Also jaw trauma or cancer.See 3 more doctor answers
Complications: Risks and potential complications of jaw surgery are extensive but rare and not really scary. They include sensory nerve injury with resultant numbness of the skin of the face, damage to teeth with potential loss of one or more teeth, TMJ problems, failure of the bone to heal, malocclusion or bad bite requiring prolonged orthodontic treatment, need for additional surgery to remove hardware, etc.See 4 more doctor answers
Yes, but...: Jaw surgery is only part of the solution. You probably also need teeth moved to fit better, and perhaps restorations to reshape damaged teeth, and even bleaching. Ask your family dentist to put together a team of orthodontist/oral surgeon/ restorative dentist/ and possibly periodontist/endodontist to provide you with a mind-blowing result.See 6 more doctor answers
Recovery: The pain can come and go. There will be some pain after the jaw surgery but that should not be too long. Is your doctor giving you pain meds? If not, why not? Please find out and let me know
Soft diet ideas: Here are some resources if your jaw was fractured: http://patients. Dartmouth-hitchcock. Org/dietitians/fractured_jaw_diet. Html http://chowhound. Chow. Com/topics/336748 for more minor jaw surgery, in general just a soft diet should be fine, you don't really need to be on a liquid diet.
Surgery: Surgery of any type comes with a post-surgical recovery period. With modern analgesics anti-inflammatories the recovery period has been greatly attenuated. Discuss your concerns with the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon that will be treating you for specific information.See 1 more doctor answer
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