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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?

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.

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Jaw Surgery (Definition)

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


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Is jaw surgery common?

Is jaw surgery common?

Yes: Not sure exactly what you mean by jaw surgery, but reconstructive surgery of the jaws, or orthognathic surgery, is very common and routine.

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What is jaw surgery like?

What is jaw surgery like?

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.

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How can having jaw surgery feel like?

How can having jaw surgery feel like?

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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Would jaw surgery change my apperance?

Jaw surgery: Certain movements can control the degree of change.

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Can clenching cause jaw surgery relapse?

Can clenching cause jaw surgery relapse?

Jaw surgery?: What type of jaw surgery? If TMJ, yes. Orthognathic? Possible You need a thorough discussion with your oral surgeon to address this issue.

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How painful is reconstructive jaw surgery?

How painful is reconstructive jaw surgery?

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.

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How much time does jaw surgery process take?

Variable: Variable based on many factors. Get an opinion before you start from a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon.

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Will a jaw surgery change my facial apperance?

Will a jaw surgery change my facial apperance?

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.

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How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

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.

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What is the definition or description of: jaw surgery?

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.

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What might lead to having jaw surgery and is it worth it?

What might lead to having jaw surgery and is it worth it?

Functional/cosmetic: Function - if you teeth/jaw don't fit. Better chewing function can improve. Cosmetic - underbite/overbite. Better facial balance. Pathological - cancer or other disease. Cure. See oral surgeon for expert advice.

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Can somebody tell me how can having jaw surgery feel like?

Can somebody tell me how can having jaw surgery feel like?

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.

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Are there any scary complications associated with jaw surgery?

Are there any scary complications associated with jaw surgery?

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.

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Will reconstructive jaw surgery change what my smile looks like?

Will reconstructive jaw surgery change what my smile looks like?

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.

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How long is jaw surgery recovery and how painful is the recovery?

How long is jaw surgery recovery and how painful is the recovery?

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

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Can you explain what are some good foods to eat after jaw surgery?

Can you explain what are some good foods to eat after jaw surgery?

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.

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Can you tell me if jaw surgery hurts a lot or takes long to recover?

Can you tell me if jaw surgery hurts a lot or takes long to recover?

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.

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Getting jaw surgery in a couple of weeks and could use any tips or advice?

Getting jaw surgery in a couple of weeks and could use any tips or advice?

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.

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