One of the procedures you may have done at PMDC Dental is to have jaw correction surgery. With this surgery, your overbite, underbite, or both are corrected. Once the surgery is done, there is a recovery period, and it will help to know what to expect from that recovery period.
Swelling is, unfortunately, almost inevitable after jaw correction surgery. The amount of swelling you have and the time it takes to recover can depend on a few things, such as how long it takes your body to naturally recover, as well as if you only had surgery on either your upper or lower jaw, or if you had surgery on both. Surgery on both your upper and lower jaw can lead to significant swelling. Significant swelling can still occur if you had surgery on only one portion of your jaw, but it is typically not as severe as if you had surgery done on both. Applying ice to the swelling is important to help keep it down as much as possible, especially during the first 48 hours after the surgery. The swelling usually lasts a few weeks, but it’s possible it could last several months, especially if you had surgery on both portions of your jaw.
You will likely have to avoid eating solid foods for the first few days after the surgery. The exact time is something you will have to determine with the surgeon. In addition, you will likely have to avoid drinking alcohol, and if you are a smoker, you may have to avoid smoking for several days, as smoking could seriously hurt your recovery efforts. You should continue to brush your teeth, though you may have to be gentle when doing so. You can also continue to floss and rinse. And while it may be tempting to lie in bed for most of the day while you recover, that's actually not a good idea, as that may cause blood clots. Getting up and doing some light activity is better, though the activity should remain light. Exercise or other rigorous activities may be too much and could lead to problems with your recovery. Talk with your dentist about when you could begin more rigorous activities again.
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