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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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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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What is the definition or description of: jaw surgery?

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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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

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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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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

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I have a cross bite. Is jaw surgery easy?

I have a cross bite. Is jaw surgery easy?

Easy?: Surgeons never use the term "easy" since all surgery has risks. It is a very routine procedure for a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. Usually working in conjunction with an orthodontist. ...Read more

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Can i get jaw surgery to fix an under-bite?

Yes: Orthognathic surgery is jaw surgery performed usually in conjunction with orthodontic treatment to correct a mismatch in the jaws related to a skeletal problem. A detailed examination and workup by an orthodontist, working together with a surgeon will result in a comprehensive treatment plan to properly correct your bite problem. ...Read more

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Could an underbite jaw surgery really hurt?

Surgery hurts: There's no getting around it. Much less problematic today than just a few years ago because of improvements in surgical techniques and medications. Sometimes there's no choice, it's the only way to resolve your problem. Having one jaw not match the other is like having one leg shorter than the other, eventually everything gets thrown off. Talk to BOTH qualified Orthodontic and Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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Could jaw surgery make my neck look longer?

No vertical length: When you get a jaw surgery that advances the lower jaw forward, it can make the "chin to throat distance" longer and enhance the appearance of a tight neck, long jaw line, and the youthful look. This may also give the appearance of a longer neck, but this does not make the neck vertically longer. That would require making you taller in the cervical spine and i'm not aware of such a surgery. ...Read more

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