Does Orthognathic Surgery Hurt?
Surgery itself is not painful since a general anesthetic is used. In other words, the jaw will be numbed to feeling and the numbness will wear off within a few hours after surgery. Once anesthesia wears off it is common to experience pain and swelling of the jaw and face, but this can be controlled with prescribed painkillers which should be taken as directed.
Painkillers should only be taken as prescribed by your provider. It is important not to increase the frequency you take these pills and equally important not to skip a dose if you think your jaw is feeling better. Skipping a dose could lead to severe pain during the healing stage and leave you rushing to find relief. It is uncommon to need to utilize painkillers for more than 10 days after the procedure.
Are There Risks to Orthognathic Surgery?
With any surgery, the question isn’t whether there are any risks associated, but what risks are associated with the surgery. With orthognathic surgery the most common and serious risks include blood loss, infection, jaw fracture, vascular disease, necrosis of the bone, periodontal disease, nerve damage and temporomandibular joint (joint that connects your jaw to the rest of your skull) issues. There is also the possibility of your jaw returning to a misshapen position or issues with bite positioning and jaw joint pain.
How Long Does Recovery From Orthognathic Surgery Take?
If you have decided to move forward with orthognathic surgery, you should plan two to three weeks away from work or school to heal after surgery. Taking time to heal is common after any surgery, and orthognathic surgery should be treated no differently. Allowing your mouth time to heal will enable the process to run smoothly and lessen the risk of complication or infection.
Orthognathic Surgery In Fort Worth
If you are ready to discuss your options for jaw surgery with an experienced team of professionals, don’t wait any longer to contact Ahava Orthodontics in Fort Worth. Dr. Barron has been working with patients for over 25 years and looks forward to providing you with the best treatment possible on your journey to a fully functional smile. Call our office at 817-926-9777 to make an appointment to discuss your treatment plan.