How Long is Jaw Surgery Recovery?
Oral Surgeon Plano, TX
Like every other surgical procedure, jaw surgery also has its own recovery process. The procedure is generally safe for candidates who are considered for it, and the healing process should not pose much difficulty to the patient. Having a knowledge of the recovery period and how to aid steady and smooth recovery is necessary for anyone who is considering jaw surgery. Our professionals at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates carry out jaw surgery on patients as a corrective measure for jaw problems, and as a result, improve oral health and facial appearance.
What Is Jaw Surgery?
Known as orthognathic surgery, jaw surgery is a corrective procedure used to eliminate problems and irregularities in the jawbone. It also focuses on calibrating the jawbone and teeth to optimize their efficiency, and inevitably improve the look and appearance of the patient. Typically, the surgery is best done for patients who have stopped growing. This is usually in the late teen years for females, and early twenties for males. Orthognathic surgery should be performed by a certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon, which you can find in our team of professionals.
What Is The Procedure Like?
Prior to the scheduled procedure, our professionals will place braces on our teeth for a number of months. This is to align and prepare your teeth for the procedure. With X-rays, we will take images that will help to plan the procedure. The surgery requires general anesthesia to keep you comfortable. All of the process is usually carried out in the mouth, so you may not worry about scars on your face.
After the procedure is completed, you may be required to stay in our facility for a few days. This will enable us to monitor the post-procedure healing. Our professionals will set you up with a suitable meal plan, oral hygiene practices, and possible medication for the pain.
How Long Is The Recovery Process?
Once you are cleared to go home, we will instruct you on most suitable practices to optimize the healing process. During the first week, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. Your diet here would need to be really soft or even liquid, to ensure that the results are not disrupted. This diet can be extended up to four weeks. After that, you can start incorporating meals that require light chewing. This will help to strengthen the muscles and exercise the jaw in little doses. Up to this point, you should avoid strenuous activities.
Within six weeks post-surgery, your jaw should be healing nicely, and by the 10th or 12th week, the healing process should be completed. Although it is worthy of note that we are all different, and so is the recovery process too. It is always advisable to allow our bodies to heal at a safe pace. Getting jaw surgery should not put you in fear. Our professionals are on hand to give you customized answers to all of your questions and curiosity about jaw surgery. Please reserve an appointment with us at Dallas Oral Surgery Associates by calling us at 972-733-0414 today.