What is a maxillary osteotomy?
This procedure involves the maxilla, or upper jaw. If your upper jaw and lower jaw don’t meet properly because the upper jaw protrudes or recedes, you will not be able to solve the problem with orthodontics alone. Instead, our expert surgeons will change the shape of your upper jaw bone to create a more perfect alignment.
What happens during this kind of surgery?
An osteotomy requires general anesthesia, as the surgeon will cut through the roof of your mouth to access the jaw bone, break it in specific places, and realign the bone using screws and plates. Your incisions will then be stitched back together.
What is the recovery like?
You will have some discomfort for up to a few weeks following this surgery, for which you will be prescribed painkillers. It is also important to take your prescribed antibiotics to prevent infection in the affected area. Your face may swell significantly in the first few days, and you may have trouble breathing through your nose. You will also not be able to open your mouth widely at first.
Will I have to eat differently?
For the first couple of days following surgery, you will need to consume only liquids. Eventually, you can begin eating soft foods and after a few weeks, you will be able to eat normally.
Will the surgery require time off work?
Recovery speed varies greatly from patient to patient. It’s best to plan to take about three weeks off, depending on the nature of your job.