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What To Do After Corrective Jaw Surgery

Corrective jaw surgery is one of the more serious orthodontic treatments we offer and can take some time to fully recover from. To ensure a happy, healthy recovery, we encourage you to follow these tips:

At The Surgical Center

Once the surgery is completed, it’s time to relax and wait for the anesthesia to wear off. Depending on the location of your surgery, you will most likely be moved to a post-operative room where you can rest, be seen by your doctor, and begin the healing process.

Most likely, you will be given medication to assist with pain and healing. Do not take anything unless a doctor or nurse has given it to you.

The First Days

The most important part of healing is rest, but you should make sure to take other precautions including:

Changing Your Diet

  • Stay hydrated by drinking as much water as possible
  • Do your best to limit sugary liquids like soda and juice
  • Follow the liquid diet given to you by your doctor

Keeping Your Mouth Clean

  • Use a soft, baby toothbrush to clean your teeth
  • Watch out for the incisions
  • Rinse your mouth with water or your doctors recommendation at least two times daily
  • Take your advised medications

The First Week

Some side effects of the surgery will start to show. Make sure you are doing these things to heal as fast as possible:

Reducing Swelling And Bruising

  • Apply a cold compress to the cheeks and jaw to reduce inflammation
  • Take your prescribed medication

Reduce Physical Activity

  • Do not work out
  • You can do small activities around the house but nothing strenuous

Change Your Diet Again

  • You should be on a full liquid diet by this time, so make sure to follow it
  • Stay hydrated
  • Take your medication
  • Avoid alcohol and sugary drinks
  • You can add in healthy smoothies and other liquid foods

Stay On Top Of Your Hygiene

  • Shower regularly
  • Rinse your mouth with water
  • Use your prescribed mouthwash
  • Brush your teeth (still with a smaller, softer brush)
  • Avoid direct contact with the open wounds

After 3+ Weeks

This is when things will start feeling more normal. You will still have a soft diet, but it’s important to continue being hygienic, taking your medication, stay hydrated, and all listed above. Come back and see us after about 6 weeks or when your surgical doctor tells you to.

We look forward to having you back and hope you have a healthy, safe recovery!