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What to Expect During a Jaw Surgery Procedure

For many patients in Phoenix, the corrective jaw surgery procedure for TMJ can sound like a daunting process. While it’s certainly a serious procedure, it’s also incredibly important to the future of your oral health. As leaders in the field, the Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona routinely perform corrective jaw surgery and have had great success both in achieving outstanding, long-lasting results as well as minimizing discomfort before, during, and after surgery. With two offices in the Phoenix Metro to choose from, comfortable jaw surgery has never been more convenient.

Before Surgery

It’s normal to feel nervous before surgery, but rest assured that you are in capable hands who want to make you feel as calm and relaxed as possible. Before surgery, we’ll talk to you about your choices for anesthesia and give you general instructions for what to do the day before you come in for your appointment. This may include avoiding eating, drinking, and smoking.

During Surgery

When you arrive, our skilled staff will help make you feel safe and comfortable as they prepare you for surgery and attentively listen to any concerns or questions you may have. It is our goal to help you feel relaxed, knowing that we are ready to go to any length to ensure you feel calm and confident about the procedure. We’ll go over your specific surgical plans again before administering anesthesia.

After Surgery

Waking up from anesthesia can be a disorienting experience for some. The most important thing to remember is that some pain and limited jaw mobility is completely normal. The best thing you can do is to remain calm and let our staff know if you’re having any problems. During the first 24 hours after surgery, you should:

• Take medications as instructed
• Minimize swelling by keeping your head elevated and applying ice packs
• Avoid dehydration by drinking as many fluids as possible
• Expect some normal numbness, limited movement, and minor bleeding
• Rinse your mouth twice a day with antibacterial solution
• Relax, focus on your recovery, and let us know if you have any concerns

Contact Us

When outstanding care, comfort, and expertise are important to you during corrective jaw surgery, call the leading team at Oral and Facial Surgeons of Arizona in Arcadia at (602) 957-0332 or the East Valley at (480) 820-7400.