Risks

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
  • Infection
  • 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