Jaw / Orthognathic Surgery
What is orthognathic surgery?
Orthognathic surgery is an oral and maxillofacial procedure performed as corrective jaw surgery. It can correct problems such as improper jaw alignment or upper and lower teeth that do not come together correctly. This type of surgery can also improve the overall appearance of your facial features.
Corrective jaw surgery is performed by an oral and maxillofacial surgeon like Dr. Dawood. It can involve the upper jaw, lower jaw, or both jaws. The specific procedure will depend on the individual’s needs but may include repositioning the jaws, realigning the teeth, or both.
What to Expect
The first step in jaw surgery is to have a consultation to discuss your goals and expectations. During this consultation, Dr. Dawood will examine your mouth, teeth, jaws, and face. Once it is determined that this surgery is right for you, Dr. Dawood will determine a customized treatment plan for your individual needs.
Surgery will then be scheduled for a date that is convenient for you. Before surgery, you will be given specific instructions on preparing for the procedure. At the start of surgery, you will be given general anesthesia to minimize discomfort during the procedure. The duration of the surgery will vary depending on the extent of the correction that is being made.
Following surgery, you may notice some swelling and bruising around the jaws and face. This swelling will typically peak within the first few days after surgery and then gradually subside over the next two weeks. It is essential to rest and avoid strenuous activity during the healing process to allow your body to heal.
Risks of Corrective Jaw Surgery
As with any surgery, there are some risks associated with orthognathic surgery. These risks include but are not limited to bleeding, infection, and reactions to anesthesia. Dr. Dawood will discuss these risks with you before surgery so you will feel confident about the procedure.