Jaw surgery is generally safe when done by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, often in collaboration with an orthodontist.
Risks of surgery may include:
- Blood loss
- Nerve injury
- Jaw fracture
- Relapse of the jaw to the original position
- Problems with bite fit and jaw joint pain
- Need for further surgery
- Need for root canal therapy on selected teeth
- Loss of a portion of the jaw
After surgery, you may experience:
- Pain and swelling
- Problems with eating that can be addressed with nutritional supplements or consultation with a dietitian
- A brief time of adjustment to a new facial appearance
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