Jaw Surgery Procedure
Orthognathic surgery, or jaw surgery, is typically done to realign your upper and lower jaw. The surgery can take place in multiple phases and last over a period of several months from start to completion. The procedure usually starts with orthodontia, followed by the jaw surgery and then several months of recovery.
Jaw surgeries are performed by oral or maxillofacial surgeons who team up with orthodontists to come up with a treatment plan. There are several reasons for getting a jaw surgery but the underlying objective is always to reshape or realign abnormal jaw growth. If you are suffering from crossbite, underbite, open bite, or have children with Pierre Robin Sequence, Beaverton Oral Surgeons can help. Our highly skilled staff has been trained to deal with a myriad of congenital jaw problems and we would be more than happy to devise a treatment plan for you.
Why Do People Get Jaw Surgery?
There are many reasons that can lead people to undergo jaw surgery. Someone with a crossbite, underbite, or open bite, is the perfect candidate for maxillofacial surgery. A crossbite or underbite happens when one or more of your bottom teeth do not align with the upper teeth when you close your mouth. Cleft palate is a condition where the face and jaw do not develop normally leading to an improper bite.
Additionally, some injuries and medical conditions might also force you to consider an orthognathic surgery. People with facial fractures, obstructive sleep apnea, and temporomandibular joint disorder, may need to realign their jaws to preserve normal functionality.
What to Expect Pre and Post Surgery
In some cases, in the months leading up to the surgery, an orthodontist may place dentures or veneers on your teeth. This is done to bring your teeth and jaw in a more reliable position so they can be easily operated on. You will likely have multiple meetings with your orthodontist, who will take measurements and x-rays to come up with a roadmap for the treatment. They will also work with you to set your expectations about the outcome.
During the surgery, general anesthesia will be administered, which means you will probably sleep through the entire procedure. A jaw surgery can take anywhere between two to five hours, depending on the specific procedure being performed. Your surgeon will make incisions inside your mouth during the surgery, however, in some cases, cuts might be needed on the outside too.
Some people may be asked to spend a few days at the hospital following the surgery for evaluation. You will be given directions on eating and oral hygiene that must be followed for the treatment to go as planned. Pain, swelling, and stiffness around the site of the surgery is common and you will likely be given medication to deal with them. Once the wounds have healed and your braces are removed, your dentist might give you a retainer for additional support to your teeth.
If you or a loved one are planning to undergo jaw surgery, there are many things to keep in mind when preparing for the procedure. At Beaverton Oral Surgeons, we have a dedicated team that conducts jaw surgeries consisting of the best oral and maxillofacial surgeons. If you have any questions for us or would like to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at (971) 249-8370.