Upper Jaw Surgery Overview

Upper jaw surgery is completed for a number of reasons.  The reasons to have this type of surgery done can be to regain a loss of function or primarily for aesthetic reasons.  Many people that have surgery done on their upper jaw have a disorder called temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder.  Symptoms of TMJ disorder include eye pain and eye problems, headaches and facial pain, teeth and gum problems, pain in ears, throat problems and neck problems. 

Upper Jaw Surgery Cost

Surgery on the temporomandibular joint can range anywhere from several hundred dollars for a minimally invasive procedure to multiple thousands of dollars for open procedures and TMJ joint replacement.  TMJ surgery or any surgery done on the upper jaw should of course be completed by an experienced surgeon who can explain the risks and benefits of surgery.  

Upper Jaw Surgery Recovery

Recovery time for upper jaw surgery can range from several weeks to several months.  This means that opening and closing the jaw to talk and eat will be restricted during that recovery time.  Usually your surgeon will discuss with you the possibility of doing the least invasive procedure first in an attempt to minimize recovery time and quickly and effectively relieve your pain.

Risks of Upper Jaw Surgery

Upper jaw surgery is not, of course, without complications.  Because this type of surgery involves general anesthesia, the patient has the risk of undergoing anesthesia along with normal risks of surgery.  These can include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Facial pain and numbness
  • Dental problems
  • Airway compromise
  • Pain not relieved

Consult with a Professional

If you have symptoms of TMJ disorder, or any condition of your upper jaw that your doctor feels you may need to have surgery to correct, it is important to seek the advice of a trained, expert surgeon.