Many people do not realize how important oral health truly is. It is important to be aware of having a healthy mouth in order to have a healthy body. People who are health-conscious realize that they must follow a good diet and exercise routine on a regular basis. This can help us live a longer life. Oral health is also a priority in living a healthy and active life. The jaw is an important aspect of the mouth and is just as important to take care of as our teeth. If the jaw is not functioning properly, surgery may be needed to correct the issues.
Corrective Jaw Surgery
Corrective jaw surgery is also known as orthognathic surgery and is often performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. This form of surgery can correct major and minor dental problems or irregularities as well as skeletal irregularities. Orthognathic surgery is mainly utilized to correct functional problems such as improving breathing, speaking, and chewing, all of which are huge parts of life. The surgery may also enhance the patient’s appearance because of the type of surgery that may be completed.
Those who have issues with their jaw and have surgery to correct it can live an easier lifestyle by improving the following:
- Chewing: The surgery can help those who have difficulties in chewing or swallowing food due to the misalignment of the jaw. Correcting this will make necessary daily activities such as eating more enjoyable.
- Joint Pain: Once jaw surgery is completed, chronic joint pain of the jaw will no longer occur. Straining from the teeth can also be an issue since they may be separated and the mouth will not close. This can relieve pressure and make daily life more comfortable.
- Headaches: Many times those who have misaligned jaws experience headaches and pain. This pain can be eliminated with corrective jaw surgery and less pain medication will be needed.
- Sleeping: Many patients who have corrective jaw surgery are mouth breathers and have issues with breathing and sleeping. Corrective jaw surgery can eliminate sleep apnea and allow for more rest which can provide energy for a more productive lifestyle.
- Speech: The alignment of the teeth and jaw can affect speech. This is very important in adolescent children as they learn to speak and pronounce words. Correcting the jaw line can improve speech and prevent impediments.
Upper Jaw Surgery
Upper jaw surgery is known as maxillary osteotomy. It is primarily performed to correct crossbites, open bites, receding upper jaws, and when too much or too little of the teeth are showing. The procedure involves the bone above the teeth being cut so that it can be mobile. This will allow for the jaw and upper teeth to be moved as one unit together and be properly aligned. The jaw will be set in the correct place by the surgeon and then screws and plates will hold the bone that was cut into the new position. The screws that are utilized are very small and eventually will become integrated into the bone structure over time and remain intact. Upper jaw surgery can correct many issues involving joint pain, chewing, breathing and sleeping, speech, and headaches.
Will I have general anesthesia? Yes. Jaw surgery involves the patient being placed under general anesthesia. Patient will have a one overnight stay in a hospital facility for observation.
Will my teeth be wired shut? Unlike some other facilities, the teeth will not be wired shut and patient will be able to speak and have proper function.
Can I brush my teeth? Preventing infections is important and keeping the mouth clean can be beneficial.
When can I eat properly? Will I loose weight? It is important to stay on liquid/Puree diet for the first 6 weeks. After 1 1/2 month very soft diet with minimum chewing is advised for another 6 weeks. Eating every 2-3 hours help to prevent the feeling of hunger.
How is the recovery? First week is the toughest. 9 out of 10 patients will not feel pain!!! However patients will experience discomfort from the swelling and congestion. Every week the patients improve. At the end of 3-4 week they feel 90% normal. The worse swelling occurs the first week. It is important to remember that the recovery process is different for each individual.
Can I exercise? No activity for the first 6 weeks. It will take 4-6 months for the bone to become hard and heal to the point of being fully functional. Therefore there should be no contact activity during this period. The bone needs to heal in the correct position, but there is a possibility that it may not.
When can I fly? Flying is not encouraged for at least 4 weeks.
How often do I need to follow up? Dr. Jamali would need to see you every week for the first 4-6 weeks.
The patient will experience many differences improvements after jaw surgery. TMJ pain can be reduced, mouth breathing will cease, the jaw may no longer protrude or recede, and open bites may be eliminated. There are numerous benefits to corrective jaw surgery that can help change your life. Many of the challenges that come from jaw problems should not be difficult tasks in life. Dr. Jamali and his team can help with your corrective jaw surgery and make these tasks easier. Decide to live a happier and pain-free lifestyle today and contact Dr. Jamali and his staff at 212-480-2777.