Jaw Surgery - Preparation, Procedure, and Recovery
Posted on 3/22/2021 by Palisades Surgical Arts
|When you have oral issues that we can't fix with braces alone, such as an overbite or underbite, we may recommend you to have jaw surgery. However, you should know that jaw surgery is an intense and major surgical procedure. Hence, you must prepare accordingly to ensure you have a successful procedure and recovery.
At Palisades Surgical Arts, Dr. Moncayo and can answer all your questions regarding jaw surgery to ensure you're well-informed and ready for your procedure.
What is Jaw Surgery?
Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, corrects jawbone irregularities to improve the jaws and teeth function. These corrections may also change or improve your facial appearance.
How to Prepare for Jaw Surgery
Jaw surgery can take place in a hospital or at our office. When you visit us for an appointment, be sure to discuss any issue that could affect the surgery, such as medications you take regularly, allergies, and health complications. Since this procedure requires anesthesia, you should preferably fast for at least 12 hours before the big day.
Following the procedure, you'll need to make some dietary changes. So, stock up on any liquids, such as soup, food puree, and nutritional drinks.
Jaw Surgery Procedure and Recovery
Jaw surgery can take several hours to complete. We make incisions inside the mouth during the surgery to add, remove, or shape the bone depending upon your modification requirements. If we need any additional bone, we'll take some from other places on the body, such as the hip, rib, or legs. To prevent infection during or after the operation, we will give you some intravenous antibiotics.
Following the surgery, we will prescribe oral antibiotics for 7-10 days, depending on your pain and swelling. Total recovery can take up to a couple of months, depending on the procedure. During this time, you must follow our instructions and maintain oral hygiene to avoid any issues.
For a thorough dental exam and jaw surgery consultation, we recommend visiting Dr. Moncayo and at Palisades Surgical Arts. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (424) 346-0955 today.