Jaw Surgery

The alignment of the jaw plays an important role in the function of the mouth. When misaligned, the jaws can affect a person’s ability to do otherwise normal things, such as talk and eat.

Though some alignment issues can be addressed with traditional orthodontics, some patients require people in Vista to undergo jaw surgery in an effort to correct severe abnormalities. Failure to treat jaw alignment issues can lead to many issues, including secondary problems like tension headaches and difficulty sleeping.

Did you know…

Did you know that jaw surgery, or orthognathic surgery, is relatively common in the U.S.? In fact, more than 10,000 people undergo the procedure every year on average. However, the procedure is typically performed only on adults, as jaw growth occurs in synchronization with the rest of the body. Performing a jaw surgery too early could mean the need for repeat procedures.

Frequently Asked Questions

What types of symptoms could indicate the need for jaw surgery?

You may need jaw surgery if you have asymmetry in your face or an imbalance in your natural bite. This could present as a protruding jaw, receded chin or lips that do not meet in your resting bite. Many people who need jaw surgery also have excessive wear on their teeth and difficulty chewing food. They may also be described as ‘mouth breathers’.

What should I expect when undergoing jaw surgery?

After undergoing a pre-surgical consultation, you will be scheduled for surgery. For your comfort, you will be placed under general anesthesia during the procedure. Your surgeon will correct your jaw alignment and reshape the bones via an incision on the inside of your mouth. This incision is not visible once healed. Most patients who undergo jaw surgery require an inpatient hospital stay of one or two days.

How long does it take to recover from jaw surgery?

Vista orthognathic surgery patients should plan to take several days off of work or school. During this time, the jaw may remain swollen and sore. The first few weeks after surgery will require food restrictions to facilitate a complication-free healing. The jaw will continue to heal completely for up to a year after surgery.

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