How Jaw Correction Surgery
( Orthognathic Surgery ) Been Performed?

Orthognathic jaw surgery is also commonly called as jaw correction surgery. It is primarily employed in cases where the person has a jaw related problem, due to genetic or caused due to any reason, which could not be corrected with the simple treatment by the orthodontist.

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Jaw related problems can cause various troubles for people. It can cause problems in breathing, chewing or in speech. Also since the Jaw is a prominent portion of the face, problems in the jaw – like one jaw protruding compared to the other, can cause a distortion of the face that can cause embarrassing moments in a social interaction.

In case of a jaw problem, initially a doctor will try to cure it using braces and screws. When these are not enough, or the patient does not have the time to go thro the complete cure with the braces (which can take months and sometimes years), orthognathic jaw surgery is the only resort. orthognathic jaw surgery is a safe and simple surgery.

Before the orthognathic jaw surgery the doctor will perform an initial evaluation of the patient, take photographs and also will provide consultation to the patient with regards to the surgery, its alternatives and risks etc. He will also take dental impressions of the patient’s teeth and bite in order to make some models.

A few weeks before the orthognathic jaw surgery the orthodontist will place some braces and hooks on the patient’s teeth. Also teeth that might not form part of the alignment or the post surgery result will be removed. These hooks and braces will help to keep the teeth in proper position during the orthognathic jaw surgery.

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The orthognathic jaw surgery is normally a simple surgery that might take a couple of hours. Anesthesia will be required and the surgery is normally performed on an out-patient basis. Patients can leave the hospital in a couple of days but some post surgery care is required. They should take care of their diet which should be in semi-liquid form for a few days and then gradually should move towards hard diet and they should also reduce their physical activity for a few weeks.

The pain after the orthognathic jaw surgery and during the recovery period is normally low and any abnormal pain should be reported to the doctor immediately. After a few weeks, the patient will be back in business, with a completely treated jaw, and with a good self confidence and self esteem.


 

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