What to Expect From Your Upcoming Jaw Surgery
It’s important to be fully informed when it comes to jaw surgery. This is a huge decision, and you don’t want to make any uninformed decisions. In this blog post, we will go over everything there is to know about your upcoming procedure so that you can make the best decision for your life!
What is jaw surgery?
Jaw surgery is a procedure that takes the jawbone and moves it to correct misalignments in the teeth, jaw joint or bite. It can be done by either removing part of the bone (partial) or reshaping it with an osteotomy. Surgery can also involve putting implants into the jawbone to help support teeth that have been removed as well as reconstructing facial structures.
Types of jaw surgeries
Jaw surgeries are categorized into-in two main types:
-Maxillary Osteotomy w/ Implant Placement (MOPI)
-Mandibular Osteotomy w/ Implants and Alveolar Bone Grafting.
Maxillary Osteotomy is the procedure whereby the upper jaw is cut and reshaped in order to allow the upper teeth to fit together better.
Mandibular Osteotomy takes place when a lower jaw surgery procedure is needed such as removing part of the bone or moving it forward for cosmetic purposes. Implants are also used with this type of surgery, but unlike Maxillary Osteotomies, they’re usually placed before any cutting has taken place. Both types may involve using an alveolar graft (bone harvested from another area) so that enough material can be found for reconstruction after the removal of tissue during treatment.
The most common Jaw Surgery is MOPI which entails making cuts and adjustments to the maxilla so that it moves back into alignment with the mandible.
Preparing for jaw surgery
Twelve hours before surgery, it is essential that you stop taking any medication you were taking before to prevent any reaction during surgery. You should also have a good meal and drink plenty of water. Proper dental hygiene should be maintained, months leading up to the surgery.
You will be given clear instructions about what to do the night before surgery, but these include:
– Detailed information on how to prepare for your stay in hospital from arrival until discharge day.
– Instructions regarding what medicines you can take safely and when they need to be taken.
– What time you are expected to come in for your surgery, which depends on whether or not it is an emergency procedure (a true medical necessity). Emergency cases require that patients arrive at least six hours before their scheduled operation start time whereas nonemergency cases may only require two hours’ notice prior to arriving. This is determined by our specialist provider who assesses the urgency behind any case coming.
Cost of dental surgery
Costs vary, depending on the procedure. If you’re getting surgery covered through your insurance company, it may be possible to receive an estimate of what they’ll cover before undergoing any work. In some cases, the insurance company may cover the whole amount. The cost, however, ranges from $20,000 to $40,000. You should talk to your oral surgeon for a proper quotation.
Jaw surgery recovery time
Healing from jaw surgery takes about six weeks. However, complete healing can take up to twelve weeks. You should, however, ensure you get enough sleep during this period and take a lot of water. You should also follow all the doctor’s instructions as well as take any medication prescribed religiously. The doctor may prescribe painkillers and even antibiotics.
An important point to note is that for the first few weeks after surgery, your diet should consist of only liquids. Such as yogurts, soup, and smoothies.