Jaw Surgery - Purpose and Potential Risks
Posted on 3/22/2021 by Dr. Chad Rebhun
|You've probably heard of jaw surgery and how it helps relieve pain, improve speech, and boost self-esteem. However, these benefits are just the tip of the iceberg, as the procedure serves a much deeper purpose. More importantly, knowing the potential risks can help you prepare for better for your surgery and improve your recovery.
At Optimum Oral Surgery Group, Dr. Donald G. Rebhun and Dr. Chad E. Rebhun canease all your concerns regarding jaw surgery so you can have a smooth procedure and recovery.
Who Performs Jaw Surgery?
In most cases, you'll need an oral surgeon for this procedure. We are trained to diagnose and treat any conditions related to the face, jaws, tongue, cheeks, gums, lips, head, and neck. Before the procedure, we might use braces to move your teeth in position for your surgery. You might also need braces after the surgery to continue moving your teeth.
Purpose of Having a Jaw Surgery
There are many reasons for having jaw surgery. The most common reason is usually an accident or trauma to your jaw. Other reasons include trouble or discomfort closing your lips, speech issues, difficulty swallowing, and pain when chewing or biting. In some rare cases, the jaw restricts the airway, causing a sleep disorder called obstructive sleep apnea, which calls for jaw surgery.
Potential Risks Involved in a Jaw Surgery
As with any surgery, jaw surgery has its risks. The most recurring problem is blood loss, especially in patients taking blood pressure medication. Since jaw surgery is a complicated procedure, you'll also be at risk of nerve injury and infection. Some procedures can also cause jaw fractures, especially following an accident, causing the jaw to relapse.
For a routine dental exam and jaw surgery consultation, we recommend visiting Dr. Donald G. Rebhun and Dr. Chad E. Rebhun at Optimum Oral Surgery Group. To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (856) 437-4432 today.