Jaw Surgery in Singapore—What You Need to Know

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Patients with misaligned jaws and have trouble speaking correctly, chewing easily or breathing may opt for jaw surgery in Singapore.

This is a functional procedure and is often not associated with cosmetic purposes. However, jaw surgery can also improve one’s appearance.

Let’s discover more about this procedure and who is suitable for jaw surgery.

What is jaw surgery? 

Corrective jaw surgery, medically known as orthognathic surgery is a procedure performed to correct misalignment or deformities of the jaw and facial skeleton. An oral and maxillofacial surgeon performs this procedure.

The procedure can be performed on both minor as well as major conditions.

Orthognathic surgery is suitable for people who exhibit the following:

  • Poor bite
  • Difficulty speaking
  • Jaw joint
  • Lack of harmony between jaw and facial structure
  • Long jaws, crooked jaws, and short jaws

Note that corrective jaw surgery can be performed on both the upper jaw and the lower jaw.

How to find out if you need corrective jaw surgery

Dentist and patient discuss planned treatment

The patient needs to book an appointment with a qualified surgeon at a top-notch clinic like TES clinic. The doctor will evaluate the jaw and determine if the patient qualifies for corrective jaw surgery.

Note that the doctor will suggest performing the surgery on people who have completed growing. Teens will therefore not qualify for the surgery.

Patients who have the following deformities, birth defects, and injuries will require orthognathic surgery:

  • Severe crossbite
  • Protruding lower jaw
  • Open bite
  • Receding lower jaw
  • Chronic jaw pain

Orthogenetic surgery procedure

There are 4 main phases involved in orthognathic surgery. These are:

Phase 1 – planning

This phase involves evaluation by both the oral and maxillofacial surgeon plus the orthodontist. The work of the orthodontist is to determine the best way to use braces in order to prepare the patient for the surgery.

On the other hand, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will evaluate your jaw and the deformity. They will then determine the right procedure for you.

The doctors will also discuss with you the treatment plans, as well as take records.

Phase 2 – the orthodontic stage

This phase will take place over the course of 9-18 months. The progress of the patient will be determined by their cooperation and commitment, as well as factors such as age, and overall health condition.

The stage involves the alignment of the teeth such that they are able to close and fit well after the surgery.

Phase 3 – surgery

This is an inpatient procedure and stage. The patient will need to stay at the hospitable for 1 to 3 days depending on the severity of their case.

In this phase, the surgeon will cut into the jaw bone to take pieces off and align them correctly. The doctor can then release the patient after he or she is confident that the procedure went according to plan.

Phase 4 – post-surgery orthodontic phase

Here the orthodontist will continue to ensure proper teeth alignment. This phase aims to retain the teeth in their new position.

Are there alternative treatments? 

Non-surgical options for correcting the jaw deformities include braces. Those, however, are only applicable to developing patients. Once the individual is fully grown, then it is not possible to correct deformities in the jaws without both braces and surgery.

Benefits of corrective jaw surgery

Before and after lower jaw surgery

There are plenty of benefits of corrective jaw surgery such as:

  • It becomes easier to maintain proper oral hygiene with well-aligned jaws and teeth
  • It is easier to chew and eat food
  • Speech is no longer impaired
  • Less wearing down of teeth since there will be less friction during chewing
  • The whole face achieves harmony in appearance
  • The patient feels healthier and happier

Preparing for orthogenetic surgery

Before any type of surgery can be done, you will need to make an appointment with your doctor. They will evaluate your situation and advise you on the right type of treatment for you.

Keep in mind that like every other type of invasive surgery there are risks involved. It is therefore important that you are in good health and are able to recover quickly.

You will need to stay at the hospital for 1 to 3 days after surgery after which you will be released.

Post-surgery care

After surgery, the surgeon will prescribe pain medication to reduce the pain. They will also help you transition to a liquid diet and back to a solid diet as your jaw heals.

It is also important to maintain proper oral hygiene throughout the healing period. This will help prevent infections.

Final Thoughts

Jaw surgery is a great way to correct jaw misalignments and deformities. People who have been suffering from such conditions find it hard to lead normal lives. However, through corrective jaw surgery, they can finally achieve a normal and healthy look. Chewing, breathing as well as the overall quality of life will improve.  

TES Clinic for Face & Jaw
304 Orchard Road,
Lucky Plaza Suites #05-42, Medical Specialists,
Singapore 238863
+65 9735 9930

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