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What Is Double Jaw surgery?

Posted on 12/1/2023 by Weo Admin
A person holding their jaw in painDouble jaw surgery is a type of corrective jaw surgery also referred to as bi-maxillary osteotomy. Most times, a patient will require surgery on either the upper or the lower jaw. However, in double jaw surgery, the surgeon performs the surgery on both the upper and the lower jaw. The procedure helps to improve the appearance and functions of the jaw.

Candidates For Double Jaw Surgery

Your dentist may recommend a double jaw surgery if you have extreme jaw misalignment that orthodontics cannot fix. If you have an incorrect jaw size, a severe TMJ disorder, or impaired jaw function, you may also be a candidate for double jaw surgery.

Advantages of Double Jaw Surgery

Double jaw surgery helps to correct any deformities of the jaw. One of the most common problems a double jaw surgery can fix is misalignments of the jaw. These include overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Double jaw surgery can also help correct the jaw size.

Aside from improving your facial appearance, double jaw surgery can help to improve the functionality of the jaw. The surgery can also aid in improving chewing, speaking, and even breathing functions.

Side Effects of Double Jaw Surgery

Just like any other surgery, a double jaw surgery comes with its own set of risks and limitations. These include numbness of the lip, jaw fracture, and severe bleeding, and, sometimes, you may need another surgery. Thus, it is always best to consult with your dentist about any potential risks and side effects. The surgeon will guide you on the best way to avoid these side effects and what to do when they occur.

The time that you spend in the hospital after double jaw surgery depends on your healing process. However, most times, you may spend at least two or three nights in the hospital. It is also important to know that the surgery may cause your face to swell for a few days. A liquid diet will be needed for a while.

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