Jaw Surgery Recovery
My Personal Jaw Surgery Recovery
I had double jaw surgery and my surgeon decided to tie my upper and lower teeth together with wires to hold my jaws in place for 6 weeks. Thankfully, my surgeon decided that I was ready to get the wires removed at about 5 1/2 weeks after my jaw surgery.
You can read more about my jaw surgery recovery process in great detail by visiting the following blog categories:
You can also check out my jaw surgery photos to see how my face changed during the jaw surgery recovery.
It was one of the hardest experiences of my life but it was worth the pain. The initial 2 weeks were the hardest and it took over 6 months to look normal again.
Number of Jaws Operated On
- Single Jaw Surgery: Your upper and lower teeth should be tied together for about 4 weeks.
- Double Jaw Surgery: Your upper and lower teeth should be tied together for about 6 weeks.
Securing Your Jaws Together After Jaw Surgery
- Rubber bands: Removable and less restriction on your jaw movements.
- Wires: Only your oral/maxillofacial surgeon will be able to remove them with ease. You won’t be able to see your tongue during the whole ordeal and swallowing of food will be hard.
Amount of Bruising and Swelling
The amount of bruising and swelling you will experience depends on the number of jaws operated too. You can expect more pain if you operated on both jaws and the recovery time will be longer.
Some people do experience more bruising and swelling than others and I really do not understand why. I suspect the jaw surgery method used makes a difference too.
Your Mental Attitude
If you’re the type of person that does not get scared or discouraged easily, you won’t have a lot of problems dealing with your jaw surgery recovery.
If you’re the type of person that tends to amplify your fears and gives up easily, now is your chance to toughen up mentally! Get through this jaw surgery recovery and you will feel like you can do anything in the world.
Just focus on the new you to constantly remind yourself why you did this. The jaw surgery recovery process sucks. In fact, most of the good things in life require a lot of work and sacrifice too. Just focus on the benefits and deal with crappy process.
If I could do it all over again, I would have purchased a high-powered blender before my jaw surgery so that I can blend my favourite food into smoothies.
I also purchased about 10 syringes that helped me to pump the food into my mouth. Adding a bit of cooking oil into the syringes seem to prolong their lifespan.
I did not find straws useful because I could not put it between my upper and lower teeth with my teeth wired shut! Remember, I could not see my tongue for 5 1/2 weeks!
It seems like as long as you have a high-powered blender, you can blend almost anything, including iPhones and iPads if you want!
Stock up on easy-to-blend food like vegetables and fruit. I never tried blending meat because I am vegetarian so I can’t comment on that. Ice-cream and other energy drinks are also popular things to eat during your recovery.
- Read as many jaw surgery blogs and forums to get a feel of what you will be experiencing to get yourself mentally prepared.
- Take your medicine daily.
- Stop taking your pain killers if you no longer feel any pain.
- Follow your doctor’s advice.
- Rest well and sleep as much as you want.
- Rinse your mouth at least 3 times a day because you won’t be able to brush too much.
- Focus on the positive results of your jaw surgery instead of the pain to avoid feeling miserable.
- Spend your recovery time wisely by catching up on your reading and other self-improvement activities.
- Have your pets around you (if you have one) so that they can keep you company. Research has shown that cats can accelerate the healing process of broken bones and muscles with their purr. One more reason to keep a cat and I had 4 at the time of my jaw surgery!
- Avoid hard food and non-liquid food.
- Avoid anything that would make you laugh.
- Avoid people that would normally upset you.
- Stay at home as much as possible to avoid getting stares from people, especially during the first few weeks of your jaw surgery recovery.
- If you suffer from motion sickness after jaw surgery, try not to ride on a vehicle too much.
- Limit your physical activities to light movements. Don’t run or jump, lest you hurt your jaws!
- Don’t take this as an opportunity to eat as much junk food as you like.
- Don’t fret about your weight loss because you will gain some or all of it back after you regain your ability to chew!
I don’t know why people get more pimples after jaw surgery but I know I am one of them.
Expect to get pimples around your face and neck after your jaw surgery. The amount of pimples you will get will vary from person to person.
Your face may get more sensitive to certain creams that you have been using for ages. If so, try to figure out which one you are getting a negative response to and switch brands. I discovered I was allergic to Oxy pimple creams after my jaw surgery and I switched to the Neutrogena brand and my pimples reduced.
This only applies to you if you had your upper jaw operated on. Your nose will end up wider than it was before your jaw surgery.
What I found was that I could reverse this by using a nose shaping clip like the Nose Huggie or Nose Right to make my nose less wide. It costs about $10 and you won’t have to get a nose job to correct your widened nose.
I recommend using these nose shaping clips after the rubber bands or wires come off because you won’t be able to breath with your nose when you use the clip!
Get your spouse, family, friends or hire someone to take care of your daily chores so that you can concentrate on healing.
Trust me, cleaning your house and taking care of someone else is not something you will be able to do properly in the first few weeks of your jaw surgery recovery.
Go online to web sites like mine or other jaw surgery support forums to share your experiences. People who are undergoing the same experience as you will understand all the pain you are going through and offer you practical advice.