What To Expect From Your Maxillofacial Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with a misaligned jaw, either through the jaw shifting as you age, birth defect, or injury, you will likely need to have Maxillofacial surgery to correct it. This is a type of jaw realignment surgery, also known as Orthognathic surgery. Like any type of surgery, you should be well informed on what to expect.

During your consultation, your doctor will take a complete medical history and discuss your symptoms. Common symptoms include trouble breathing, eating or speaking, the inability to fully open or close your jaw, or pain in the jaw which is either constant or with use. After the discussion, your doctor will do a physical evaluation to feel and see the current placement of the jaw and get a feel for your overall health. They will then order x-rays. At this time, any and all questions you may have will be answered and the procedure will be explained to you.

Your surgeon will work closely with your dentist so any oral issues are addressed as needed, and the final outcome meets your expectations. This is an important step because one of the major benefits to jaw reconstructive surgery is the improvement of your smile, making it as beautiful as you deserve.

It’s very important to follow your doctor’s instructions carefully in the days leading up to your surgery, as they will prevent unnecessary complications. These instructions commonly include not eating or drinking for several hours before you’re due in for surgery. After recovery, you can expect to have the smile you have always wanted and be free from the pain a misaligned jaw can cause. Eating, breathing, and speaking will be easier and you will have more confidence.

During the process, your doctor may talk to you about other issues you may be experiencing and discuss your options for improving these areas as well. Procedures that can often be done after Maxillofacial surgery to improve the look of your jaw line include chin implants, neck and jaw liposuction, Titian treatments to remove sagging neck and jaw skin, among others.

For more information on jaw realignment surgery, or to schedule your consultation in the Kailua-Kona, Hawaii area, contact Dr. David K. Hiranaka.

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