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Hi. I had upper jaw surgery to correct my overbite. I will be getting the lower surgery next summer. How long is the recovery time for this?

Hi. I had upper jaw surgery to correct my overbite. I will be getting the lower surgery next summer. How long is the recovery time for this?

Depends: Depends on the type of surgery (there are many different for lower jaw), how well your Orthodontist prepared your occlusion for the surgery, your level of oral hygiene, and your post-surgical compliance. Lower jaw surgery usually has a longer recovery time than upper. Discuss this with your surgeon directly. He/she knows your case best. Read more

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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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I have bad overbite, was suggestd for double jaw surgery, advancin lower jaw 1cm. Cn I choose compromise method fr now and do jaw surgery later in life?

I have bad overbite, was suggestd for double jaw surgery, advancin lower jaw 1cm. Cn I choose compromise method fr now and do jaw surgery later in life?

Jaw alignment: Your occlusion or how your teeth fit together is not an emergency and I would recommend getting several expert opinions and in the mean time addressing symptoms if any, such as TMJ. You can delay the procedure, but remember the older you get, the more medical conditions may arise to potentially complicate the surgery. Read more

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What to do if I got jaw surgery for my overbite (i've had braces for 2 and half years)?

What to do if I got jaw surgery for my overbite (i've had braces for 2 and half years)?

May be necessary: Because you can't grow bone or alter skeletal relationships in an adult, the best treatment may be a combination of Orthodontic Treatment (done by an Orthodontic Specialist) and jaw surgery (done by an Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon). Seek consultation with both Specialists. Read more

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My moderate overbite is causing tmj; seeking corrective jaw surgery but I can't afford it. What do I do?

My moderate overbite is causing tmj; seeking corrective jaw surgery but I can't afford it. What do I do?

Stop: Jaw surgery rarely done for tmj. Malocclusion may cause or contribute to tmj, but usually not overbite alone. Please see an orthodontic specialist for determination if your malocclusion requires surgical or non-surgical correction, and what effect rx will have on your joint symptoms. Read more

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If overbite is caused by misaligned jaw, am I too old for growth of jaw? Wil any functional appliance help jaw to grow? My ortho advic for jaw surgery

If overbite is caused by misaligned jaw, am I too old for growth of jaw? Wil any functional appliance help jaw to grow? My ortho advic for jaw surgery

Complex: You have asked many questions. Functional therapy marginally effective in growing children, totally ineffective in non-growing adults. Depending on amount of skeletal imbalance, surgery may be required. Sounds like your Orthodontist gave you good advice. If concerned, seek opinion from another qualified Orthodontic Specialist and the Oral Surgeon he recommends. Read more

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Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Orthodontist I have a big overbite can braces improve my teeth without getting jaw surgery?

Need more info: The surgery/non-surgery decision is not based on overbite (horizontal, vertical, or both?) alone. In adults primary criteria (one of many) is skeletal relationship of upper and lower jaws to each other and to the rest of the Craniofacial structures. Please see a qualified orthodontist for an initial examination (probably complimentary or small fee) to get you started on the right track. Read more

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I have a 10mm overbite. Should I look into jaw surgery? I've had braces for 5 years and they've taken teeth out because over overcrowding. My orthodonist tells me I need to look into jaw surgery because I've taked to him about severe headaches and jaw pa

I have a 10mm overbite. Should I look into jaw surgery? I've had braces for 5 years and they've taken teeth out because over overcrowding. My orthodonist tells me I need to look into jaw surgery because I've taked to him about severe headaches and jaw pa

The: The basic tenant of orthodontics is that you can only move teeth where there is bone, and that if you move teeth to far, the action of the lips, cheeks and tongue will act to cause the teeth to shift after orthodontics is completed. Without out complete clinical and radiographic records I cannot comment on your specific case, but if you truly have a 10mm of overbite (classically called a deep bite) it may indicate that you may benefit from an evaluation by a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon to see if you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery. Read more

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Jaw surgery to correct a protruding lower jaw, what should I expect during recovery phase?

Jaw surgery to correct a protruding lower jaw, what should I expect during recovery phase?

Recovery in a 41 y/o: It of course depends on many factors, but at age 41 it can take a lot out of you. The first week can be pretty rough...Lots of swelling and numbness, some pain but should be manageable, liquid diet, lots of rest. After the first week, recovery speeds up, but still takes about 6 weeks to completely recover from. In my experience most healthy patients return to work in 3 weeks. Read more

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What can be expected after orthognathic jaw surgery to correct underbite?

Ask your Surgeon: We have limited space to answer these types of questions and each case is different. With this extensive a procedure, this is something that you should have a sit down one on one discussion with not only the surgeon, but all other dentists involved (for example-orthodontist and general dentist). Good luck. Read more

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What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. How long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

What to do if I have braces and I'm getting double-jaw surgery to correct an underbite. How long will What to do if I have to wear braces after the surgery?

Ask: Ask both the Orthodontist and the Oral Surgeon. Your treatment was planned out before your braces went on. It takes 6 weeks for bone to fill surgical sites, 6 months for bone to mature. Usually takes about 6 months to fine tune the occlusion after surgery completed. Good for you having this done...you'll love the results, Read more

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Can jaw surgery correct my teeth?

Possibly: Vague question without much detail. See a local oral surgeon and orthodontist and ask them directly. Read more

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What is the best way to correct an underbite: jaw surgery or braces?

What is the best way to correct an underbite: jaw surgery or braces?

Both: If underbite is dental (teeth out of alignment) but jaws are ok, braces alone may fix the problem. If both teeth and jaws don't match (sometimes u jaw too far back, more often l jaw too far forward) a combination of orthodontic rx and orthognathic (jaw) surgery is the answer. Start with a consultation with a qualified orthodontic specialist who can asses your personal requirements. Read more

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To correct a cross bite. How long do braces normally stay on following reconstructive jaw surgery?

To correct a cross bite. How long do braces normally stay on following reconstructive jaw surgery?

What else?: What else needs to be done? What type of cross-bite corrective appliance are you wearing? How severe is your problem? Is the orthodontist also trying to correct alignment, overbite, etc? There is no "normally", every patient is different. Ask your orthodontic specialist for the answer that pertains only to your problem. Read more

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I've had braces on for 4+ years now. The surgery was to correct a cross bite. How long do braces normally stay on after reconstructive jaw surgery?

Jaw surgery: The post-surgery orthodontic period can vary depending on the type of surgery, position of the jaws and stability during healing. This time is usually between 8-12 months, but in more complex cases can be longer. Read more

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My open bite has been corrected with braces so my dentist is not going to continue with my scheduled jaw surgery. How do I correct my protruding jaw?

My open bite has been corrected with braces so my dentist is not going to continue with my scheduled jaw surgery. How do I correct my protruding jaw?

Corrected issue: It doesn't make scence. If there is a large jaw, the orthodontic treatment should prepare it for surgery. Have a board certified orthodontist or oral surgeon evaluate you please. 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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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.
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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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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Overbite (Definition)

A malocclusion of the teeth in which the front upper incisor and canine teeth project over the lower. ...Read more