Preparing For Corrective Jaw Surgery
There is a preparation process that is required prior to orthognathic surgery. The first step is actually using braces to prepare your teeth and jaw for the surgery. This starts with cooperation between the surgeon and your orthodontist. They will use X-rays and models of your teeth and jaw to provide the best treatment plan for you to prepare for corrective jaw surgery.
Types of Orthognathic Surgery
There are three different types of orthognathic surgery and they are dependent on the area of focus for the surgery. They are relatively the same in what they are trying to accomplish. The three types of orthognathic surgery are:
- Upper Jaw Surgery – also called maxillary osteotomy, this surgery focuses on correcting the upper jaw specifically. This surgery aims to correct an upper jaw that is too far forward or too far back. Other issues it will correct include a crossbite and an open vite.
- Lower Jaw Surgery – also called mandibular osteotomy, this surgery aims to correct a lower jaw that is receding or protruding.
- Double Jaw Surgery – also called bimaxillary osteotomy, this is a surgery that corrects both the upper jaw and the lower jaw.
Recovery: What To Expect
A common question for any surgery is the time and comfort of your recovery period. Knowing what is going to be required during the recovery period helps you prepare so you aren’t caught off guard.
For starters, you will have a plastic splint placed in your mouth that acts a lot like a retainer after having your braces removed. This splint keeps your jaw in its new position while it gets used to it. Not having this splint could cause your jaw to move back out of the optimal position.
That leads us to the next part you’ll want to be aware of: you’re going to be on a liquid diet for several weeks. Between the swelling that follows just after surgery and splint, it’s going to be difficult to chew. It may also be difficult to speak or for people to understand you, so be ready for that, too.
Specialized Orthognathic Care in Fort Worth
Not sure if you need orthognathic surgery? Dr. Barron at Ahava Orthodontics has helped numerous patients through the process of having corrective jaw surgery. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.