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Can Double Jaw Surgery Go Wrong


Posted on 3/1/2024 by Weo Admin
A man in dental chair ready for oral surgeryThe risk of double jaw surgery going wrong is minimal, with the Journal of the Korean Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons reporting few complications arising from this procedure. The greatest risk is jaw relapse after surgery.

When Are Double Jaw Surgeries Necessary


A double jaw surgery is simply a corrective surgical procedure that is conducted on both the upper and lower jaws. This procedure is also known as bimaxillary osteotomy and aims to improve the general appearance of the jaws through a series of orthodontic steps. The procedure is helpful in several instances, including:

Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a potentially dangerous condition when breathing is blocked during sleep. This often results from congestion in the airway at the back of the mouth. When this airway becomes too small, then double jaw surgery can be used to move both jaws forward in a procedure known as maxillomandibular advancement (MMA) surgery.

Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

Temporomandibular disorders affect the hinging mechanism of the lower jaw at the base of the skull. Common characteristics of TMJ include facial pain, pain around the ear, locking jaws, and discomfort when chewing or speaking. In some cases, double jaw surgery can be used to treat TMJ by aligning the upper and lower jaws, reducing friction.

Jaw Abnormalities

Common jaw abnormalities that necessitate double jaw surgery include uneven jaw sizes when jaws do not grow the same size, misaligned jaws, a small chin, and a gummy smile. Double jaw surgery can be used to balance the jaws for a perfect smile and look.

Common Double Jaw Surgery Complications


The common complications that you should expect from a double jaw surgery include changes in hearing and numbness due to nerve trauma, bleeding and pain due to vessel damage, and, in worst-case scenarios, jaw fracturing or splitting. However, these are all complications that your surgical team can handle.

Contact Us Today


If you have a dental or oral issue that is troubling you, then contact us today for help. Our double jaw services might be just what you need. Our team of professional dentists will conduct an assessment and craft a viable treatment plan to help you resolve the underlying issue.

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