Orthognathic Surgery in Singapore

Corrective jaw surgery, while significantly transforming facial aesthetics, primarily extends beyond mere cosmetic enhancement.

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What is Orthognathic Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is a specialised form of surgery aimed at correcting conditions of the jaw and face that impact both function and appearance of the mouth. It is also commonly known as corrective jaw surgery or jaw alignment surgery. Read on to discover more details about the preparation for orthognathic surgery, the surgical process itself, and what you can expect during recovery.

Mandibular Advancement surgery. Medically accurate dental 3D illustration.

How are Jaw Abnormalities Diagnosed?

Jaw abnormalities are identified through a thorough clinical examination process initiated by your healthcare provider. This typically involves evaluating your detailed medical history and conducting a comprehensive physical examination.

Diagnostic Tests Include:

  • X-rays: To inspect bone structure and position of jaws and teeth.
  • CT Scans: Provide a more detailed three-dimensional view of the jaw.
  • MRI Scans: Useful for viewing soft tissues and joint functionality.

Dental professionals may also employ:

  • Dental Models: These are impressions taken to meticulously assess your bite and how your teeth come together (occlusion).
  • Photographs and Video Recordings: These are taken to capture your facial aesthetics and movements for further analysis.

For certain conditions, such as suspected sleep apnea, a sleep study or polysomnography might be recommended.

After the initial assessments, the oral and maxillofacial surgeon will collaborate closely with your orthodontist to discuss the findings and develop a tailored treatment plan. This multidisciplinary approach ensures that all aspects of your jaw’s health are considered to optimise the results of any potential interventions.

Causes of Jaw Abnormalities

Jaw abnormalities, often leading to facial deformities, can arise from various causes stemming from congenital factors or acquired conditions throughout life. These deformities might include misaligned jaws, disproportionate facial structure, or other irregularities that impact both aesthetics and function.

Congenital Causes

  • Genetic Factors: Certain genetic syndromes like Treacher Collins syndrome, Pierre Robin sequence, or Down syndrome can impede the normal growth and development of facial bones, often leading to jaw deformities.
  • Environmental Exposures: During pregnancy, environmental factors such as maternal infections, specific medications, or alcohol consumption can disrupt jaw bone formation.
  • Structural Anomalies: Birth defects, notably cleft lip and cleft palate, hemifacial microsomia, or craniosynostosis, may cause improper or incomplete fusion of facial bones.

Acquired Causes

  • Trauma: Injuries resulting from accidents, violence, or sports can lead to fractured or misaligned jaw bones.
    Growth Abnormalities: Overgrowth or undergrowth due to tumours or cysts can distort the shape and function of the jaws.
  • Infections: Conditions such as osteomyelitis, cellulitis, or abscesses lead to inflammation and changes in the structure of the jaws.
  • Degenerative Conditions: Disorders like arthritis affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause dysfunction and pain in the jaw.
  • Behavioural Habits: Persistent habits such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting, along with mouth breathing, can alter jaw development and alignment of the teeth.

Understanding these various factors contributing to jaw abnormalities is essential for diagnosis and selection of appropriate orthognathic treatment options.

What Problems Can Orthognathic Surgery Address?

Breathing Problems (e.g. Obstructive Sleep Apnea, or OSA)

Orthognathic surgery addresses breathing problems like Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) by realigning the jaw to widen the airway. It also addresses issues like chronic mouth breathing, nasal airway obstruction and snoring.

Baby with Cleft lip and cleft palate.

Cleft Lip and Palate

Orthognathic surgery corrects jaw misalignments in individuals with cleft lip and palate, improving bite function, facial symmetry, and speech. It addresses skeletal discrepancies, aiding in the comprehensive rehabilitation of cleft-related deformities for enhanced oral health and aesthetic outcomes.


An overbite involves the upper jaw extending far over the lower jaw, leading to excessive coverage of lower teeth by upper teeth and potential complications.

Girl shows her teeth-pathological bite, malocclusion, overbite. Pediatric dentistry and periodontics, bite correction. Health and care of teeth, caries treatment, baby teeth. Upper jaw rests on gum.


An underbite, often a result of a protruding lower jaw, is characterised by the lower jaw extending beyond the upper jaw. This affects facial appearance, chewing, and speaking abilities. Orthognathic surgery can correct this by realigning the lower jaw to a more balanced position.

Open Bite

In an open bite, a gap remains between the upper and lower teeth when the mouth is closed, hindering proper chewing and potentially causing speech issues.

Child Open Bite or Maloccusion due to thumb sucking. Close up of youngster face with crooked teeth before install braces
Dental orthodontics case. Front view of a young girl biting teeth. Lips retracted with cheek retractor. A skeletal Class III malocclusion, anterior crossbite retruded maxilla or protruded mandible.


Crossbite occurs when upper and lower teeth misalign, causing uneven teeth wear and chewing difficulties.

Facial Imbalance

Orthognathic surgery addresses facial imbalances like asymmetry (one side of the face differing from the other), uneven jaw, and disproportion (mismatched jaw and face sizes). This includes conditions where one side of the jaw is longer or shorter, leading to challenges in function and aesthetic appearance.

Scoliosis face asymmetry. Orthodontics and Posture Corection
Black woman suffering tmj in a restaurant

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

Corrective surgery can alleviate symptoms like pain, clicking, and jaw locking associated with temporomandibular joint disorders.

Gummy Smile

A smile which occurs when a significant amount of gum is visible above the top teeth when you smile, affecting appearance and oral health.

This condition can hinder oral hygiene and raise periodontal disease risk. A gummy smile may indicate misaligned teeth or jaws, leading to bite issues, chewing difficulties, and uneven tooth wear. These can worsen oral health problems like tooth decay, gum disease, and TMJ disorders.

Orthognathic surgery can fix it by reshaping gums, teeth, or jaws.

Big Teeth and Gums Laughing Girl

Types of Orthognathic Surgeries

Orthognathic surgery addresses and corrects abnormalities of the facial bones, specifically the maxilla (upper jaw) and mandible (lower jaw). The surgery can involve either jaw or both and is usually performed under general anaesthesia. Different types of orthognathic surgeries are tailored to your specific condition and treatment objectives.

Maxillary Osteotomy (Upper Jaw Surgery)

Maxillary osteotomy, a type of surgical procedure, involves cutting and repositioning your upper jaw, known as the maxilla. This is done to correct alignment issues and improve the relationship between your upper and lower jaw, which can impact both function and facial aesthetics.

Conditions Treated:

  • Open Bite: A condition where your upper and lower teeth don’t meet when your mouth is closed.
  • Crossbite: When upper teeth bite inside the lower teeth.
  • Vertical Height Abnormalities: Corrects both excessive and insufficient heights of the upper jaw.
  • Midface Deficiency or Excess: Adjustment to the forward or backward positioning of the midface.
  • Nasal Airway Obstruction: Addressing blockages or deformities that affect nasal breathing.

Procedure Steps:

  • Incisions: Your surgeon will make incisions inside your mouth, above the upper teeth.
  • Cutting and Repositioning: The maxilla will be divided into segments before being moved into the corrected position.
  • Fixation: The new position of the jaw segments will be secured using plates and screws.
  • Stitching: The incisions will be closed with stitches.

This procedure can lead to significant improvements in how your teeth meet and in your overall facial balance, providing aesthetic enhancements like the correction of a ‘gummy smile’.

Mandibular Osteotomy (Lower Jaw Surgery)

Mandibular osteotomy, also known as lower jaw surgery, is a procedure where the mandible is surgically cut and repositioned to improve its alignment with the upper jaw or maxilla. This surgery aims to address various dental abnormalities and skeletal discrepancies affecting the lower jaw.

Conditions treated with mandibular osteotomy include:

  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Protruding or receding chin
  • Facial asymmetry or disproportion
  • Obstructive sleep apnoea

The process of mandibular osteotomy involves:

  1. Incisions: Your surgeon will make cuts inside your mouth, near the lower molars, to reach the mandible.
  2. Cut and Reposition: The mandible is sectioned at the appropriate juncture—either at the back part, known as the ramus, or the front part, called the body—and moved to its new position, either forward or backward.
  3. Fixation: Plates and screws are applied to securely hold the jaw in its new placement.
  4. Stitching: The surgical incisions are sutured to help in the healing process.

Maxillomandibular Advancement (Double Jaw Surgery)

Maxillomandibular advancement, often recommended for treating airway issues such as obstructive sleep apnea, is a form of orthognathic surgery. It involves repositioning both the upper (maxilla) and lower (mandible) jaws to enlarge the airway, improving breathing and sleep quality.

Step 1: Osteotomies – Initially, surgical cuts, known as osteotomies, are made to free the maxilla and mandible.

Step 2: Advancement – Both lower jaws are then moved forward, typically by 10 to 15 millimetres, to augment the size of the airway.

Step 3: Fixation – Your advanced jaws are stabilised using plates and screws to ensure proper healing in the new position.

Step 4: Suturing – Finally, the surgical incisions are closed with stitches.

Genioplasty (Chin Surgery)

Genioplasty, commonly known as chin surgery, is a surgical procedure aimed at enhancing your facial aesthetics by altering the shape or position of your chin. This surgery addresses several chin-related concerns that can affect your facial proportion, such as a protruding or receding chin, asymmetry, abnormalities in size, or deformities arising from trauma or disease.


  • Protruding or receding chin
  • Asymmetrical chin shape
  • Undersized or oversized chin
  • Chin irregularities due to trauma or illness

Surgical Procedure:

  1. An incision is made inside your mouth, near the lower lip, to access the chin bone.
  2. The chin bone is cut and repositioned – it can be moved forward, back, up, down, or sideways, depending on your needs.
  3. The repositioned bone is then secured with plates and screws.
  4. After the bone is fixed in place, the incision is closed with stitches.

TMJ Surgery

TMJ surgery addresses severe temporomandibular joint disorders, where your lower jaw connects with your skull. When other treatments fail to alleviate symptoms like jaw pain, clicking, or locking, TMJ surgery can restore function and movement.

Types of TMJ Surgery:

  • Arthrocentesis: This is a less invasive procedure where needles are used to flush out fluid and debris within the joint.
  • Arthroscopy: Involves a small camera and instruments to conduct minor repairs, essentially through tiny incisions.
  • Arthrotomy: This is an open surgery for major repairs, requiring an incision near the ear to fully access the joint.
  • Joint Replacement: Removes and replaces a damaged joint with an artificial one when necessary.

Sagittal Split Osteotomy

Conditions Treated:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Asymmetrical jaw alignment


  • The jawbone is split sagittally (along its length) and then advanced or set back to correct the alignment.
  • This technique allows for significant adjustments in the jaw’s position, improving bite function and facial aesthetics.

Le Fort Osteotomy

Conditions Treated:

  • Overbite or retrusion
  • Crossbites and open bites
  • Midfacial hypoplasia (underdeveloped middle face) or hyperplasia (overdeveloped middle face)


  • Involves cutting the maxilla (upper jaw) to mobilise it, allowing for upward, downward, or forward adjustments.
  • The series includes Le Fort I, II, and III osteotomies, each targeting different levels of the midface, to correct complex maxillary and facial deformities.
    • Le Fort I Osteotomy: Adjusts the lower part of the maxilla to correct jaw height and position issues, such as open bites or overjets.
    • Le Fort II Osteotomy: Targets the midface, including the nasal region, to correct deformities involving the nose and upper jaw..
    • Le Fort III Osteotomy: Involves the upper maxilla and orbital rims for comprehensive midface advancement or repositioning, addressing severe facial asymmetries and craniofacial syndromes.
Orthognathic Surgery Conditions Treated
Maxillary Osteotomy (Upper Jaw Surgery) Open Bite, Crossbite, Vertical Height Abnormalities, Midface Deficiency or Excess, Nasal Airway Obstruction
Mandibular Osteotomy (Lower Jaw Surgery) Underbite, Overbite, Protruding or Receding Chin, Facial Asymmetry or Disproportion, Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Maxillomandibular Advancement (Double Jaw Surgery) Airway issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Maxillomandibular Advancement (Double Jaw Surgery) Airway issues such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Genioplasty (Chin Surgery) Protruding or Receding Chin, Asymmetrical Chin Shape, Undersized or Oversized Chin, Chin Irregularities due to Trauma or Illness
Genioplasty (Chin Surgery) Protruding or Receding Chin, Asymmetrical Chin Shape, Undersized or Oversized Chin, Chin Irregularities due to Trauma or Illness
TMJ Surgery Severe Temporomandibular Joint Disorders
Sagittal Split Osteotomy Overbite, Underbite, Asymmetrical jaw alignment
Le Fort Osteotomy Overbite or retrusion, Crossbites and open bites, Midface Deficiency or excess, Cleft Lip and Palate, Severe Facial Asymmetries, Craniofacial Syndromes

Orthognathic Surgery: Treatment Sequence

Orthognathic surgery is a complex and meticulous process tailored to correct misalignments of the jaws and teeth. Your treatment sequence typically unfolds over several stages, requiring collaborative efforts between the orthodontist and the surgeon.

Preparation Phase

  • Initial Consultation and Diagnosis: You meet with an orthodontist to discuss concerns. A thorough examination, including X-rays and dental models, establishes if orthognathic surgery is necessary.
  • Treatment Planning: A custom treatment plan is developed. This often involves the use of 3D imaging to visualise the end results and to plan the surgical movements of the jaw bones.

Orthodontic Phase

  • Pre-Surgical Orthodontics: Braces are applied months before surgery to move your teeth into the correct position for the procedure. This phase can last 6-18 months, depending on individual needs, and includes regular adjustments.

Surgical Phase

  • Orthognathic Surgery: Performed under general anaesthesia, the surgeon makes precise incisions and bone cuts. Jaws are repositioned, and stability is achieved using screws and plates.
  • Immediate Post-Surgical: You’ll recover in hospital for a short period. Swelling and discomfort are managed with medication.

Recovery Phase

  • Post-Surgical Orthodontics: Following surgery, braces remain in place to fine-tune tooth alignment. This typically lasts for 6-12 months.
  • Ice Packs: Using ice packs during the initial recovery phase helps reduce swelling and alleviate pain, contributing to a more comfortable healing process and supporting the effectiveness of ongoing orthodontic adjustments.
  • Final Adjustments & Retainers: After removing your braces, retainers maintain the new position of your teeth. Use of rubber bands may be advised for maintaining bite alignment.

Each stage is pivotal in its role, with your ongoing commitment being central to achieving the desired outcome. It’s essential to adhere to the instructions provided by your orthodontist and surgeon throughout the treatment to ensure optimal results. Learn more about what to expect from orthognathic surgery by having a consultation with Nuffield Jaw Surgery.

Benefits of Orthognathic Surgery

  • Improved function: Post-surgery, you’re likely to experience more efficient chewing, swallowing, and speech. This is due to the realignment of jaws improving occlusion—the way upper and lower teeth come together—which plays a crucial role in these everyday activities.
  • Aesthetic improvement: The surgery not only aims to correct functional issues but also to improve facial appearance significantly. This includes achieving a more balanced and symmetrical facial structure, enhancing the overall aesthetic appeal.
  • Dental health: It also potentially lessens the likelihood of dental problems and infections, as the teeth are more likely to be properly aligned and easier to clean, reducing places for bacteria to hide.
  • Self-confidence: A positive change in your look often correlates with an increase in self-esteem. A more aesthetic facial appearance can make you feel more confident in social situations.
  • Breathing and sleep: Addressing structural issues through surgery can enhance breathing and mitigate conditions like sleep apnea, leading to better sleep quality and overall health.

Orthognathic surgery offers notable enhancements to both functional and aesthetic aspects of your oral and facial structure.

Do I Need Orthognathic Surgery?

Determining whether you require orthognathic surgery involves assessing the severity of your jaw-related issues and their impact on your daily activities. This elective surgery is significant and requires thorough contemplation alongside consultations with both an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and an orthodontist. Your decision may be influenced by:

  • Your age and overall health: Recovery and expectations might vary based on these factors.
  • The complexity of your jaw problem: It could range from mild to severe bite problems, speech difficulties, or chewing and breathing issues.
  • Options for alternative treatments: Less invasive treatments might be available and preferable for less severe cases.
  • Potential benefits vs. risks: While surgery might resolve obstructive sleep apnea or facial asymmetry, there’s also the possibility of relapse or complications.
  • Financial and time considerations: Cost and the duration required for treatment and recovery must be accounted for.

Before deciding on orthognathic surgery, consider the following:

  • Understand your condition: Get a clear diagnosis of your jaw issue.
  • Set realistic goals: Align your expectations with the potential outcomes of the surgery.
  • Assess all treatment options: Weigh the effectiveness of surgery against other less invasive methods.
  • Consult with specialists: Discuss the varied aspects of the surgery in depth with healthcare professionals.

What Results Can I Expect From Jaw Surgery with Nuffield ?

  • Bite Alignment: Jawline surgery often corrects misaligned bites, which can improve your ability to chew and possibly alleviate discomfort.
  • Swallowing and Speech: Some patients find enhancements in functionality; this means you could experience improved swallowing and clearer speech following recovery from jaw surgery.
  • Sleep Quality: If your jaw structure was contributing to sleep disorders like sleep apnea, surgery might help reduce your symptoms.
  • Facial Aesthetics: Post-surgery, many patients notice an improvement in facial symmetry and balance. These aesthetic changes can enhance your overall appearance and boost self-confidence.

With the expert team at Nuffield Jaw Surgery, you’ll be under the guidance of trained professionals throughout the entire process, from initial consultation to surgery and beyond. Each surgery is tailored to the individual, and while results can significantly impact quality of life, they may differ from person to person based on individual circumstances. Reach out to us today!

Can Surgery Be Avoided ?

Alternatives to Surgery

  • Orthodontic Treatment: Your orthodontist might use braces, aligners, or retainers to correct misalignments. This non-surgical approach focuses on moving your teeth and jaw into better positions over time.
  • Oral Appliances: Devices like mouthguards, splints, or night guards can protect your teeth and jaws. These are particularly useful to prevent damage or to alleviate stress-related symptoms.
  • Functional orthodontic appliances: Functional orthodontic appliances are specialised devices designed to correct bite issues and align the jaw properly during the growth phase. These appliances are most effective in children and teenagers, as they leverage the growth spurts to guide the development of the jaws and teeth into more favourable positions.

It is essential to consult with both your oral and maxillofacial surgeon and your orthodontist. They are equipped to assess the severity of your condition and to guide you towards the most appropriate course of action. Remember, the efficacy of these alternative treatments can vary, so professional advice is crucial to making an informed decision.

In some instances, particularly when your jaw problems are mild to moderate, surgery may not be necessary. Alternative treatments can often yield suitable outcomes for most patients, avoiding the need for invasive procedures.

What Are The Risks Of Jaw Surgery ?

While orthognathic surgery is a highly effective treatment for correcting jaw irregularities, it does come with some inherent risks, albeit relatively rare. The key risks include:

Nerve Injury: This can lead to temporary or, in rare cases, permanent numbness or altered sensation in the face.

Infection: As with any surgical procedure, there’s a risk of infection, although it’s typically well-managed with proper care and medication.

Post-Surgical Complications: These can include difficulties with bite alignment (malocclusion) and, in some cases, the need for further adjustment or surgery.

It’s important to consult with your surgeon about these risks to fully understand their likelihood and the measures taken to minimise them. Remember, the benefits of jaw surgery often outweigh these risks, especially when improving function and facial aesthetics.

Orthognathic Surgery Costs in Singapore

Orthognathic surgery in Singapore is subject to a range of costs that hinge on various variables. When you plan for this surgery, consider the complexity of the procedure, the surgeon’s fees, the facility charges, and the duration of hospital stay. Financial planning is crucial due to the significant expenses involved, so be sure to consult healthcare providers and insurance companies if need be.

Considering jaw surgery and worried about the costs? Our clinic offers financial assistance through insurance and Medisave coverage, depending on your dental condition and policy details. Insurance plans, including those from Great Eastern, Prudential, and AIA, may cover the surgical costs.

For those without insurance, Medisave can help offset some of the expenses. Remember, jaw surgery involves additional charges for anaesthesia, operating theatre, and hospital admission. To understand your best treatment options and get a detailed cost breakdown, schedule a consultation with our jaw specialists. Share your insurance or Medisave details with our front office team for personalised assistance.

With all that said, here’s roughly what you can expect to fork out for each procedure.

Surgery Type Surgeons’ Fees (SGD) Hospital Charges (SGD)
Maxillary Osteotomy (Upper Jaw Surgery) $15,000 – $20,000 $15,000 – $20,000
Mandibular Osteotomy (Lower Jaw Surgery) $15,000 – $20,000 $15,000 – $20,000
Maxillomandibular Advancement (Double Jaw Surgery) $30,000 – $36,000 $30,000 – $40,000
Genioplasty (Chin Surgery) $4,000 – $8,000 $5,000 – $10,000
TMJ Surgery $10,000 – $15,000 $10,000 – $15,000

Are There Subsidies For Jaw Surgery in Singapore?

In Singapore, financial support for orthognathic surgery is available through various schemes.

Health Insurance

Your health insurance may cover a part of the surgery if it’s deemed medically necessary: check with your provider on eligibility and extent of coverage (if applicable).

Government Schemes

Medisave allows up to $5,000 annually with a $450 daily limit for surgery, and up to $300 daily for related consultations and medications. Medishield Life covers 80% of subsidised hospital bills but involves a deductible and co-payment. The Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) offers subsidies for orthodontic treatments and related services, with amounts varying based on income. For those still struggling financially, MediFund acts as a safety net following a means test and medical assessment.

Why Choose Nuffield Jaw Surgery?

At Nuffield Jaw Surgery, our team of oral and maxillofacial surgeons brings a wealth of experience to the table. Each surgeon is professionally qualified and deeply committed to delivering patient-focused care. Our approach is rooted in understanding each patient’s unique needs and providing care that aligns with those requirements.

In line with modern surgical practices, we utilise advanced technology such as 3D imaging and computer-aided design. These tools assist in enhancing the precision and safety of our surgical procedures.

Regarding financial aspects, we believe in transparency. Our team is available to provide clear information about the costs involved in jaw surgery and to guide you through understanding the available subsidies and financial aid options in Singapore.

For those interested in exploring jaw surgery options or seeking more information about our services, we welcome you to reach out to us. At Nuffield Jaw Surgery, we are dedicated to being a reliable healthcare provider in the field of jaw surgery in Singapore.

Our Doctors

Dr Lai Juen Bin

Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeon
(Visiting Consultant)

Dr Janee Lim

Consultant Orthodontist

Dr Samintharaj Kumar

Dental Surgeon

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Jaw Surgery Hurt?

Jaw surgery involves general anaesthesia, so there’s no pain during the procedcure. Post-surgery, some pain and discomfort are expected but manageable with medications like opioids, NSAIDs (anti-inflammatory drugs), and over-the-counter painkillers.

Will There Be Scarring After the Surgery?

Orthognathic surgery is unlikely to cause scarring. Surgeons minimise visible scarring by making incisions inside the mouth. Be sure to choose a reputable provider for your surgery.

What’s the Difference Between Oral Surgery and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral surgery focuses on the teeth, jaws, and adjacent structures, involving procedures like tooth extractions and dental implants. Maxillofacial surgery covers a broader scope, including facial bones and soft tissues, with procedures like jaw realignment and cleft palate surgery.

Will I Need Orthodontic Treatment Before My Jaw Surgery?

Orthodontic treatment before jaw surgery is often necessary to align teeth for a proper fit post-surgery. The process usually starts with presurgical orthodontics (braces) for 12-18 months, followed by jaw surgery and post-surgical orthodontics for refinement.

How Long Does It Take to Recover From Jaw Surgery?

Normal activities can usually resume within 3 weeks, with full recovery taking 6-12 weeks. Factors like health, age, and surgery complexity affect recovery.

When Can I Resume Normal Activities After the Surgery?

Resuming normal activities after jaw surgery is gradual. The first two weeks require rest with minimal activity. Light walking is permissible in the second week. Sedentary work and gentle physical movements are possible in weeks 3-4, with a gradual increase in activity by week 6. Full physical activity, including exercise, generally resumes around 6-8 weeks, depending on individual healing. Always consult healthcare providers before changing activity levels and follow regular follow-ups for a safe recovery.

When Can I Eat Normally After the Surgery?

Eating normally after jaw surgery progresses in stages. Weeks 1-2 involve a liquid diet, weeks 3-4 introduce pureed foods, and weeks 5-6 transition to soft foods. Soft solid foods are added in weeks 7-8, with a gradual return to regular solid foods beyond 8 weeks. Each stage should be approached cautiously, introducing new foods one at a time and following healthcare team guidance. Maintaining balanced nutrition is essential throughout the recovery.

What Should I Avoid After Jaw Surgery?

Post-jaw surgery, avoid strenuous exercise, contact sports, and heavy lifting for at least six weeks. Steer clear of crunchy, hard, and chewy foods, as well as extreme temperature foods and drinks. Refrain from smoking and alcohol consumption, and avoid using straws. Adhering to these guidelines and your surgeon’s specific instructions ensures a smooth recovery. Consult your healthcare team for any concerns.

How do I Look After Myself After the Surgery?

Post-surgery care involves maintaining proper oral hygiene care with gentle rinsing, adhering to medication schedules, and following a nutritious diet suitable for your recovery stage. Rest, attending follow-up appointments, and using cold compresses to minimise swelling are important. Regular communication with your healthcare team is vital to address concerns and ensure a smooth recovery. Self-care is a significant factor in the success of your jaw surgery.