Upper and Lower Jaw Surgery (Orthognathic Surgery)
surgery is used for correction of jaw related problems (applicable to both lower
and upper jaws). Problems in the jaw can occur due to variety of reasons. Sometimes
the bones and teeth of the face might not have developed in the correct manner.
these kinds of problems can be handled by a visit to the orthodontist, who can
correct these with the right set of braces, but in cases where it is not possible
to be treated in such a manner, orthognathic surgery might be required.
Depending on the severity of the surgery, the patient might have to stay a day or two in the hospital after the orthognathic surgery. Normally the post surgery pain and the pain during the recovery period are not too much, compared to other major surgeries.
There are some procedures that the patient will start adhering to, even weeks before the orthognathic surgery. These might include having braces installed in their teeth, photographs taken of their mouth, teeth and jaw etc. After the orthognathic surgery during the recovery period, a patient has to take certain precautions
For e.g. for the first few days after the surgery, the diet has to be soft and blended diet. Slowly over a few weeks, the patient can move from such a semi-liquid diet to soft items like pasta, and then on to soft meet to resume normal diet after six or seven weeks. Patient should also take care not to indulge in extreme physical activity.
People also undergo the orthognathic surgery to correct facial appearances. Since the Jaw is a major part in the bottom portion of the face, jaw correction can lead to change in facial appearances. Orthognathic surgery has become a safe and simple procedure of late and a lot of surgeries are being performed every year to correct various problems.
should still take sufficient precautions and be informed about the surgical procedures,
expected results, risks etc, since any surgery carries some risks and it is better
to know and talk with your doctor regarding all the details before the surgery.