How Long Will My Mouth Be Wired Shut After Jaw Surgery?

Do you have to have your mouth wired shut after jaw surgery?

In the past, and occasionally at the present time, teeth must be wired together after jaw surgery.

This allows the bones to heal while they are being held still.

In the majority of cases today we use small bone plates and screws to hold the bones while allowing them to heal..

How long does it take to get feeling back after jaw surgery?

Sensation is expected to return 2-6 months after surgery. A numb feeling in the upper gums and roof of your mouth may persist after surgery. Numbness of the lower lip and chin is also expected after lower jaw surgery. Recovery of sensation may take 12 months.

How does someone eat when their jaw is wired shut?

You can puree vegetables or fruits in a blender or food processor. Put milk or soy beverage with yogurt or ice cream and fruit in a blender to make milkshakes. Drink liquid supplements, such as Ensure or Boost, one or two times a day. Try to drink or eat liquid foods 6 times a day rather than 3 times a day.

Is corrective jaw surgery worth it?

The process of getting Jaw Surgery is seemingly a long one, but well worth it in the end. Patients who have had jaw surgery are thrilled about their new and improved smile and overall confidence.

Can screws come loose after jaw surgery?

Loose bone screws: Generally, bone screws do not come loose. If this does occur, the problem is treated by removing the screws after the bone has healed. Patients may require further surgery to remove wires, pins, screws, plates or splints.