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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. ...Read more

Dr. Gary Pess
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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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Double jaw surgery for class 2 open bite + maxillary excess: how much benefit is there if my surgeon uses newish 3d CT method to plan surgery? Worth it for me to delay surgery by a month so he can?

Double jaw surgery for class 2 open bite + maxillary excess: how much benefit is there if my surgeon uses newish 3d CT method to plan surgery? Worth it for me to delay surgery by a month so he can?

3D CT Scan: And accompany software for planning surgical procedures are amazing tools for viewing structures in 3d. Whether or not to use it is up to your surgeon. If he\she feels it will be beneficial, I would definitely wait if necessary, and take advantage of its use. ...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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Would jaw surgery change my apperance?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How much time does jaw surgery process take?

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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

How long does it take to recover after jaw surgery?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what number of months do you have to wait to get jaw surgery?

Can you tell me what number of months do you have to wait to get jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery: It depends on the position of your teeth and if you need braces or not. If you do need braces then anywhere from 6 months to 2 years. ...Read more

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How exactly is double jaw surgery done? And what can I expect during recovery?

How exactly is double jaw surgery done? And what can I expect during recovery?

Crazy detail: Orthognathic surgery is extremely complex. Sit down with your local board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to discuss specifics. Each surgery is unique based on the patients treatment plan. ...Read more

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What's the average cost for jaw surgery in georgia? Fayette county to be exact...

What's the average cost for jaw surgery in georgia? Fayette county to be exact...

There is none: There is no average cost. What type of surgery? There are many. See two or three surgeons for evaluations and consults to get an idea. Hospital general anesthesia? Iv sedation? The fee may also vary widely based upon knowledge and expertise of surgeon. ...Read more

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Is it common to permanently lose all sensation in your chin after having jaw surgery?

Is it common to permanently lose all sensation in your chin after having jaw surgery?

Not common: 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

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Can both top and bottom jaw surgery procedures be done at the same time? Help please?

Can both top and bottom jaw surgery procedures be done at the same time? Help please?

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

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Am having a jaw surgery and am scared about it? What do u advises me before my surgery?

Am having a jaw surgery and am scared about it? What do u advises me before my surgery?

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

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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?

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

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Facial nerves were cut during jaw surgery 3 months ago. Nerves reconstruction surgery yesterday. Chances of recovery high or low?

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

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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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What happens to teeth if you need jaw surgery but don't to the jaw surgery?

What happens to teeth if you need jaw surgery but don't to the jaw surgery?

Depends: Orthodontics and orthognathic surgery are elective. Malocclusal problems do not mean you are "sick". Surgery can be very beneficial, and not doing it will allow continued attrition of the teeth, stress on jaw joints, possible constriction of airway: the list is endless. Try and do a cost:benefit analysis. Wonderful when it will be of great help, but not without risks. ...Read more

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Is underbite jaw surgery 100% safe?

No: Like any surgery there is inherent risks. You are not 100% safe driving your car. Talk with an orthodontist and an oral surgeon and get all these questions answered. ...Read more