Jaw (maxilla) surgery, also called orthognathic surgery, is a corrective procedure that aims to correct irregularities and misalignments in the jaw and realign teeth to improve their function as well as the appearance of the face. This is because it is performed to place the jaw in the right position so that facial harmony can be achieved and, most importantly, a recovery of key functionalities for chewing, breathing, swallowing and speaking.
This procedure is performed to correct several facial deformities, such as an open bite, an open anterior bite, a receding jaw, or a gummy smile.
These deformities are often problems that cannot be solved with dental treatment alone, especially orthodontics. In fact, in most cases, orthodontists can work with maxillofacial jaw surgeons to make your treatment plan a success.
Some of the benefits of jaw surgery include:
- Improved dental function
- Correction of speech problems
- Improved appearance
- Improved self-esteem
- Improved sleep and breathing
This surgery is performed under general anesthesia, requires a stay of two to four days and is generally safe provided it is performed by a qualified and trained maxillofacial surgeon, the only specialist to treat both bone and tissue. softness of the facial area, thus avoiding risks. which may include:
- Jaw fracture
- Relapse of the jaw to its original position
- Joint problem
- Need additional surgery
- Loss of part of the jaw
After the procedure, the surgeon will give you instructions to follow, which usually include maintaining good oral hygiene and controlling pain. This is because you may experience temporary pain or difficulty chewing. A brief moment to adapt to a new appearance of the face.
Healing of the jaw may take about six weeks after surgery, but full healing may take up to 12 weeks.