Friday, August 9, 2013

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery) is preformed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This surgery helps correct overbites, underbites, or misaligned teeth. This surgery can also improve your facial appearance. Your Orthodontist will determine if you will need this surgery.

The procedure:
After your required length of orthodontic treatment, the actual surgical procedure may only take 1-3 hours to complete. Both your orthodontist and Oral surgeon will be in the room for the procedure. This will take place at the hospital under anesthesia. You may have to stay overnight, but usually released the next day.

After surgery you can expect pain, swelling, bruising, minor bleeding. You will be able to speak, drink, eat immediately because you will not have your jaws wired shut! Doctors will recommend blended food for 2 weeks and then gradually work to solid foods..


Initial Orthodontic treatment (braces/retainer) usually cost around $2,000-$5,000. Corrective Jaw Surgery usually cost around $20,000 -$30,000. You may want to check to see if your insurance will cover this procedure.

Risks involved with this surgery:
There is little risk that are associated with the surgery. But you could experience numbness due to nerve damage. Bleeding may also occur. To minimize the risks of corrective jaw surgery, make sure you follow all recovery and oral care instructions.
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