If you think you may need corrective jaw surgery, risks and rewards are naturally at the heart of your decision. And, it’s an important decision! For example, corrective jaw surgery covers a range of skeletal and/or dental irregularities. These can include major misalignments of the jaw or teeth. And jaw misalignment can cause pain, or even lead to TMJ disorder. An important decision, indeed.
In addition, corrective jaw surgery can be done for cosmetic purposes. For instance, oral surgeons can correct underbites (where the upper teeth overlap the bottom teeth) or overbites (where the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth).
Of course, however important it may be, every surgery comes with potential risks. In this article we will go over what corrective jaw surgery entails. Here’s what you should know if you are considering jaw surgery.
Corrective Jaw Surgery Risks and Rewards
First, What Are the Risks?
Any type of surgery comes with a list of universal risks. The “usual suspects” are blood loss or the possibility of a post-surgery infection. The risk of infection is something a good oral surgeon will always work diligently to prevent. And, they should educate you on at-home prevention. Of course, infections are best prevented by following the oral surgeon’s post-op instructions and taking the full course of antibiotics.
On any list of corrective jaw surgery risks and rewards, one significant (but less common) risk is inexact bite fit. With corrective jaw surgery, there are times when a secondary surgery is required. For instance, sometimes the first surgery does not achieve the right results for the patient. These cases are rare, but worth mentioning as a risk.
And What Are the Rewards?
Many rewards can come out of corrective jaw surgery. This type of major surgery is done to fix irregularities that can affect the quality and comfort of one’s life. Correcting issues such as severe underbites or overbites can assist with better chewing, eating, and even alleviate facial or jaw pain. Those who are considering orthodontic procedures like braces or invisible aligners are sometimes given an option for corrective jaw surgery prior to their orthodontic ventures.
Of all the corrective jaw surgery risks and rewards, perhaps the best reward is relief from pain. Those who suffer from TMJ disorder can attest that surgery has helped to eliminate pain and stiffness in the jaw area. In addition, many experience the return of normal jaw movement.
When considering jaw surgery, take it seriously. It’s important for you to schedule a consultation with an experienced and trained oral surgeon. You will want the most careful and knowledgeable team to care for you, help you return to full health, and regain a beautiful smile. Give East Brainerd Oral Surgery a call today at 423-296-8210 to schedule an appointment.