Lower Jaw Surgery

Lower jaw surgery, or surgery on the mandible, can be performed for any number of reasons.  Broken jaw surgery is sometimes necessary after someone who damages their mandible  in an accident or it can be done for purely aesthetic reasons.  Orthognathic jaw surgery can be done to correct an overgrowth or undergrowth of the jaw.  Lower jaw surgery can entail cutting through the bones and bone grafting.  Constructive jaw surgery can also be done to include the upper jaw, or maxilla.   Reconstructive jaw surgery can be done to improve appearance or eliminate a functional deficit, like trouble breathing that might lead to sleep apnea. 

Lower Jaw Procedure

Orthognathic jaw surgery is performed by a surgeon in a hospital or surgery center and is done under anesthesia.  Incisions are made inside the patient’s mouth and the bones are adjusted according to the result the surgeon hopes to obtain.  Small metal plates are used in order to stabilize the bones of the jaw. 

Recovery from Lower Jaw Surgery

Often patients require a stay in the hospital after reconstructive jaw surgery to have their pain controlled and also because they cannot eat after surgery for a period of time. 

Risks of Lower Jaw Surgery

Broken jaw surgery or constructive jaw surgery poses a certain amount of risk to the patient.  The surgeon discusses these possible complications of surgery with the patient prior to surgery:

· Bleeding

· Infection

· Tingling or numbness in the face for an extended period of time

· Respiratory compromise

Consult with a Professional Plastic Surgeon

Many experienced surgeons are available to talk with you about options for jaw surgery. Specific questions about cost, recovery time and procedures will all be addressed in a surgical consultation.  Speaking with a surgeon who has completed many jaw surgeries will be the best way to tell if it is the right decision for you.