Jaw surgery – what you need to know.

Jaw surgery in Calgary

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We know that the thought of jaw surgery can lead to extreme stress for some patients. That is why we take pride in keeping you fully informed every step of the way.

From the initial diagnosis, through treatment planning and implementation, we walk you through it all and make sure you are completely comfortable with every step.

If your orthodontist has suggested jaw surgery, feel free to either call our office or book a consultation with our team to discuss your options.

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Jaw surgery in Calgary

What can it treat

There are many instances in which your regular dentist or orthodontist may refer you to an oral surgeon, and one of them includes orthognathic surgery, also referred to as jaw surgery.

People who can benefit from jaw surgery include those with an improper bite, or jaws that are positioned incorrectly.


Jaw growth is a gradual process and in some instances, the upper and lower jaws may grow at different rates. The result can be a host of problems that may affect chewing function, speech, or long-term oral health and appearance. Injury to the jaw and birth defects can also affect jaw alignment. Orthodontics alone can correct bite problems when only the teeth are involved. Orthognathic surgery may be required for the jaws when repositioning is necessary.

Jaw surgery can treat the following:

  • Difficulty chewing, taking bites or swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Chronic jaw or TMJ pain
  • A protruding jaw or an open bite
  • Breathing problems

Any of these symptoms can exist at birth, be acquired after birth as a result of hereditary or environmental influences, or as a result of trauma to the face.

Corrective jaw surgery

Orthognathic surgery is needed when the top and bottom jaws don’t meet correctly and/or teeth don’t adequately fit within the jaw. Teeth are straightened with orthodontics, and corrective jaw surgery repositions a misaligned jaw. This not only improves facial appearance, but also ensures that teeth meet correctly and function properly.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery

Before any treatment begins, a consultation will be held to perform a complete examination with x-rays. During the pre-treatment consultation process, feel free to ask any questions that you have regarding your treatment. When you are fully informed about the aspects of your care, you and your dental team can make the decision to proceed with treatment together.

If you are a candidate for corrective jaw surgery, Drs. Edwards or Goos will work closely with your dentist and orthodontist during your treatment. The actual surgery can move your teeth and jaws into a new position that results in a more attractive, functional, and healthy dental-facial relationship.

Anesthetic for your jaw surgery

Since jaw surgery is more extensive, it requires the use of general anesthetic in a hospital environment. Our surgical team will explain how long your hospital stay will last and what to expect. We are here to make sure you are informed and support you through your recovery.

You will be given instruction by our team and the hospital regarding preparation.

Before general anesthetic 

  • Make plans to have an adult accompany you to your appointment as you should not be driving after anesthetic and for at least 24 hours after having been sedated
  • Make your surgeon fully aware of any and all medications you take, especially oral medication,
    prior to your surgery
  • If you suspect you may be sick, let your surgeon know immediately
  • Refrain from eating or drinking anything past midnight the night before your surgery
  • Smoking should be avoided at least 12 hours before your scheduled procedure
  • Wear loose-fitting clothing with sleeves that can be easily rolled up above the elbow
  • Avoid wearing dentures, jewelry, contact lenses, makeup, and nail polish the day of your procedure
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  • Corrective jaw surgery is a significant intervention requiring many months of preparation.
  • The surgery is performed in the hospital and can last between one to five hours.
  • Hospital stays of one to five days are normal.
  • Braces are maintained during surgery and stay for six to twelve months after surgery.
  • The greatest impact of orthognathic surgery is the recovery phase.
  • Patients typically may be off work/school from two weeks to one month after surgery.
  • Return to normal chewing function may take 2 months and full function may take one year.
  • Our goal is to ensure you are well taken care of during and after surgery.
  • Weekly appointments are required for up to two months after surgery.
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