Do you need jaw reconstruction surgery? If you've been injured or if your jaw bone has deteriorated, it may be necessary, especially if you want dental implants. If you're going to go through jaw reconstruction surgery, there are a few tips you should keep in mind to make the process easier and less stressful.
Have Alternative Communication Methods
Following surgery, you won't be able to move your jaw easily, and it can be uncomfortable to do much with your mouth. You likely won't be able to speak very clearly, either. This means you may need to have a notepad nearby to write things down or use your phone to text rather than call. This is likely to only be an issue right after surgery, but you should be prepared for it.
Have Someone Ready to Help You
Jaw reconstruction surgery is a major process that's different from other oral procedures. Don't expect the same kind of recovery time or pain levels as having your wisdom teeth removed or a root canal. This means you may need to have someone on hand for a day or so to help you out while you recover.
Once you go home, you'll need to be careful what you eat while you heal. This means you'll want to have soft foods and ingredients for smoothies and other liquid meals. You'll want cups you can easily drink out of without spilling, so look for ones with built-in spouts. You may have to use a syringe to squirt liquids into your mouth at first, so be ready for that, too.
Be Careful Walking
You may not realize just how much walking can jar your face and jaw, but it can. Be careful the first few days after surgery with walking too quickly, especially when going down stairs. If you step down with enough force, you'll definitely feel it in your jaw. Just take it nice and slow! There's no rush on recovery.
Want more tips for recovering from jaw reconstruction surgery? Ask us for more when discussing the procedure.
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