Thursday, June 3, 2021

Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery) is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This surgery is to help correct overbite, underbite, or misaligned teeth. This surgery can also improve facial appearance. Your Orthodontist will determine if you will need this surgery.

The procedure:
After about 1-2 years of orthodontic treatment, your orthodontist may recommend corrective jaw surgery. This procedure may 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 costs around $20,000 -$30,000. You may want to check to see if your insurance will cover this procedure.

*Many people go through this surgery just to change their facial appearance... Would you?

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