Jaw implants are FDA-approved plates inserted in front of the jawbone for jaw augmentation. The best candidates for Jaw implants are people with a weakened jaw line, or the appearance of reduced bone structure.
Consult with a doctor to determine whether you are a suitable candidate for jaw implants or other face surgery if you feel you need them.
The Procedure for Jaw Implant Surgery
Jaw implants are a cosmetic plastic surgery procedure that is normally performed in an outpatient clinic or hospital. It takes half an hour to an hour. Consult with your surgeon and anesthesiologist to decide what anesthesia will be appropriate for you. You will likely be able to return home on the same day, although you may have to stay overnight in the hospital.
Your surgeon will make an incision on either side of the lower lip, form a pocket for the implant, and insert the implant into the lower jaw.
Recovery From Jaw Implant Surgery
You may have difficulty moving your jaw for about a week, but your ability to move it will improve over the course of a few months. Your jaw will likely be black and blue. The doctor will tell you to limit your activity, adhere to a set diet, and give you guidelines for taking care of your teeth during recovery. The stitches will dissolve after a week and wonâ€™t need to be removed. The jaw will continue to swell for 48 hours after the surgery, and there may be low-level swelling for several months afterward.
Cost of a Jaw Implant
The cost of the jaw implant procedure is made up of anesthesia fees, facility fees, and surgeon's fees. Since jaw implants are often performed during another cosmetic procedure, anesthesia and facility fees can be merged. The total fees can range from $2,000 for a single implant to $5,000 or more.
Risks of a Jaw Implant
Any surgery has risks, such as infection or reaction to anesthesia. In extreme cases, infection could mandate removal and reinsertion of the implant. Follow your surgeonâ€™s pre- and postoperative instructions to minimize your risk of complications.
Swelling and bruising often occur and remain for a few days. There may be scarring, but that can be treated with various scar revision procedures. Bleeding can cause bruising or even a blood clot. This requires a doctorâ€™s intervention. Nerve damage is a possible but rare complication. It may be temporary, lasting about six months.