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Is jaw alignment for underbite painful ?

10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Orthodontics and/or orthognathic surgery should not be painful.

In brief: No

Orthodontics and/or orthognathic surgery should not be painful.
Dr. Harry Aronowitz
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Dr. Shyam Desai
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Recovery required

If you have orthognathic (jaw) surgery to fix your underbite you will need to be prepared for a healing time of at least one week.
Make an appt with an orthodontist who will refer you to and oral surgeon if its seen that you can benefit from the procedure.

In brief: Recovery required

If you have orthognathic (jaw) surgery to fix your underbite you will need to be prepared for a healing time of at least one week.
Make an appt with an orthodontist who will refer you to and oral surgeon if its seen that you can benefit from the procedure.
Dr. Shyam Desai
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Dr. Zackary Faber
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

Depends on how it is done.
Most patients relate that 3rd molar (wisdom teeth) extraction is much more painful and uncomfortable than corrective jaw surgery. Also, most patients comment is that they wish that they had done it sooner. The younger you are, the quicker you heal and feel better. You should always consult your orthodontist and an oral surgeon that does this type of surgery all the time.

In brief: No

Depends on how it is done.
Most patients relate that 3rd molar (wisdom teeth) extraction is much more painful and uncomfortable than corrective jaw surgery. Also, most patients comment is that they wish that they had done it sooner. The younger you are, the quicker you heal and feel better. You should always consult your orthodontist and an oral surgeon that does this type of surgery all the time.
Dr. Zackary Faber
Dr. Zackary Faber
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Dr. James Bates
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
2 doctors agree

In brief: Not too bad!

My patients tell me that orthognathic surgery results in only moderate discomfort and is predictably managed with contemporary pain management techniques and drugs.
Of course, it depends on what exact operation you're discussing....For an overbite, that could be moving the upper jaw forward, or moving the lower jaw backward, or both, which of course would result in more pain but still manageable.

In brief: Not too bad!

My patients tell me that orthognathic surgery results in only moderate discomfort and is predictably managed with contemporary pain management techniques and drugs.
Of course, it depends on what exact operation you're discussing....For an overbite, that could be moving the upper jaw forward, or moving the lower jaw backward, or both, which of course would result in more pain but still manageable.
Dr. James Bates
Dr. James Bates
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Dr. David Ostreicher
Dentistry - Orthodontics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: For a short time

During surgical correction of an "underbite", the patient is anesthetized (put to sleep) so you wont feel much.
For the next few days, you might be sore.

In brief: For a short time

During surgical correction of an "underbite", the patient is anesthetized (put to sleep) so you wont feel much.
For the next few days, you might be sore.
Dr. David Ostreicher
Dr. David Ostreicher
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics

In brief: No

The better your Orthodontic Specialist prepares your dentition, the less the Oral Surgeon will have to do.
Jaw surgery is done painlessly under general anesthesia. Medications will control soreness during the healing process. Start with the best Orthodontist you can find, who will pick the best Surgeon to resolve your problem.

In brief: No

The better your Orthodontic Specialist prepares your dentition, the less the Oral Surgeon will have to do.
Jaw surgery is done painlessly under general anesthesia. Medications will control soreness during the healing process. Start with the best Orthodontist you can find, who will pick the best Surgeon to resolve your problem.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dr. Arnold Malerman
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial

In brief: Mildly

Mild to moderate discomfort.
Treated nicely with pain medication.

In brief: Mildly

Mild to moderate discomfort.
Treated nicely with pain medication.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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