What is a Jaw Osteotomy?
A jaw osteotomy is a surgical procedure to change the shape or position of upper or lower jaw, or both jaws concurrently. Depending on which jaw is being corrected depends on how the procedure is carried out but the aim of the procedure is to achieve a correct bite in the patient.
The procedure will only be performed once it has been established that any changes will not negatively impact the aesthetic appearance of the face. Before any Osteotomy, wisdom teeth are removed to stave off chances of infection and the surgery is usually preceded by orthodontic treatment, such as Invisalign or braces to get the teeth in the best position beforehand. The procedure itself is carried out in hospital under anesthesia, involving input from a multidisciplinary team of trained professionals.
All osteotomy procedures require a healing time of around 2-6 weeks but can take up to two to four months depending on the type of surgery and complexity (dependent on individual patient requirements). The remodeling of or union required by bone in the jaw to heal is also a factor.
It is in the early stages that patients should ingest an all liquid diet, then soft foods when sufficient healing has occurred. It is important that during the healing stage chewing be avoided as much as possible.
Am I a suitable candidate for this procedure?
If you would like to know more about this procedure, please contact us online or call us today on (03) 9898 3877. Dr John Ferguson is a highly trained Maxillofacial Surgeon in Melbourne.