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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
After the surgery: Orthognatic jaw surgery is major bone surgery, and the recovery period takes 3-6 month. It is important to be patient and follow postsurgery instructions. Take care. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Vague question: There are many types of jaw surgery. The best approach would be to see an oral surgeon who can examine you, discuss options and the details about any surgery. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Soft diet ideas:
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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. ...Read more
Type of surgery?:
Depends on type of jaw surgery. Best person to do such surgery is board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Your surgeon should have given you a complete oral description and complete written instructions to prepare for surgery.
Ask your surgeon. ...Read more
What kind of jaw surgery? Bilateral surgery?
Very occasionally a difficult impaction of a lower wisdom tooth with full grown roots that are on, very near to or wrapped around the mandibular nerve, can cause loss of sensation for while (rarely forever), usually referred to as parathesia. Usually it is one side of the jaw in this situation. If you had a chin procedure, it could be bilateral. ...Read more
Of course!: Orthognathic surgery, or correct jaw surgery, is commonly done on both the top jaw, maxilla, and bottom jaw, mandible, during the same operation. Your local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon should be able to evaluate whether or not you are such a candidate. ...Read more
More discussion: I think you need to discuss this further with your surgeon. He/she should be able to answer all your questions and prepare you to their best ability. ...Read more
I had a jaw surgery two years ago, and it starting to hurt again, and sometimes my jaw just blocks. What should I do? Help?
Jaw surgery: Go back to the surgeon for an evaluation. Get a second opinion if necessary. Make sure the dentist who treats you has extensive training and experience in tmd\tmjoint problems and is well respected by colleagues. ...Read more
Facial nerves were cut during jaw surgery 3 months ago. Nerves reconstruction surgery yesterday. Chances of recovery high or low?
Depends: Depends upon what you mean by "recovery" and which nerves you are talking about. Sensory nerves are different at times during reconstruction in a delayed fashion. If you are talking about "the facial nerve" or facial nerve branches, immediate reconstruction is usually the timely thing to take on. I'm sure your surgeon detailed all of this with you preoperatively. Goodluck healing--long process ...Read more
Tell me about the Sid effect of Double jaw surgery? What is the common things that might happen even after one month from surgery?
1 month: By a month post-surgically you should be relatively comfortable. If your oral hygiene is immaculate your teeth and gums will be healthy. You may still have some limited range of motion. You may need Physical Therapy to aid your jaw muscles to adapt to their new tasks. There may be some lip or tongue numbness. But all-in-all you should be doing well. ...Read more
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