Oral Facial Reconstruction and Implant Center | Post Surgery in Pembroke Pines


Post Surgery

before_after_retrognathic_jaw_a.jpgPost Surgery Follow-up Appointments

Drs. Friedman, Payton, Cardenas or Lopez closely monitors patients' post surgery while the patients are in the hospital and following discharge from the hospital.

You will be seen on a weekly basis for the first month following hospital discharge and then appointments as necessary. X-rays may be taken to check on how you're healing. The sutures at your face require removal and they are usually very easily removed about one week post surgery.

before_after_retrognathic_jaw_bc.jpgThe sutures inside your mouth are self-resorbing. If wires or elastic bands were used, they will most likely be removed or adjusted. This process takes just a few minutes, and in most cases causes little or no discomfort. You may be given special exercises to help retrain the muscles you use to open and close your jaws. Over time, your surgeon will monitor healing and make sure that bone and teeth are aligning as originally planned.

Returning to work will be dependent on the nature of your surgery, type of work that you do, and your post surgery progress. Some patients can return to work after 1 to 2 weeks, but others will require more time.

It takes approximately 3 to 4 months for the jaws to complete the initial bone healing phase and for the majority of new bone to develop in the bony surgical areas.

It usually takes an additional 6 to 9 months for the new bone to mature and the healing process to reach completion.

Temporary numbness to the face and jaw is very common with this type of surgery. It could take from a few days to a year or more, until the feeling makes its maximum return.

Permanent numbness can occur, but this is uncommon.

Completing Your Treatment

Surgery isn't the end of your treatment. You still need orthodontic work to perfect your bite. Probably, your bite will look and feel better. But you will still need to start the post surgery orthodontic treatment. You'll see your orthodontist as soon as two weeks after surgery and very often during this last treatment stage, which often lasts 6 to 12 months. Once your braces are taken off, your orthodontist will give you a retainer which will help to keep the teeth from moving out of their new positions.

Your Long-Term Care

After your braces are off, you may still need to have other dental work. Remember to use your retainer as directed. Get regular dental care to prevent or control gum disease and tooth decay. Home care and good home hygiene is a key part of your ongoing treatment.