Orthognathic surgery, or surgical procedures dealing with correcting or aligning the jaw, can be recommended to transform and improve your oral health, function and appearance. Your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and the rest of the surgical team will work together to ensure that you are prepared for all aspects of your surgery, prior to the start of your treatment. You will receive instructions regarding your pre-operative preparation as well as specific instructions for the recovery period.
Typically, the recovery period following jaw surgery can be viewed in phases. These phases will help to shape your expectations during the first few hours, days, weeks, and even months after the surgery has been performed.
During the first week to ten days, you can expect to experience swelling and some discomfort. To manage these symptoms, you will be advised to keep your head in an upright position as much as possible. You will be instructed to eat as nutritiously as possible, choosing foods and beverages that do not require chewing.
To reduce inflammation, discomfort, and the possibility of infection, your oral surgeon may prescribe a customized regimen of medications. According to the way that these medications and your level of nourishment affect you, you might choose to limit or postpone any work- or school-related activities.
A soft diet should be maintained for the first 10 days to four weeks after surgery.
Approximately 1 month after surgery, and up to 2 months later, you may resume more moderate chewing in order to help strengthen the jaw muscles, although prolonged chewing should be minimized.
Physical activity, including sports and exercise should only be performed with the use of a custom mouth splint during the first 2-4 months. Initial healing can be observed in the jaw over the course of 6 to 8 weeks, but you should allow your body to recover at a safe pace, allowing up to 4 months.
Our oral surgeons will perform a thorough consultation in order to estimate the expected length of your recovery following jaw surgery when you call 312-328-9000 to schedule your appointment today.