Jaw Surgery Recovery

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Alizah Shahar, MS, CCC-
SLP/OMT/CS

Myofunctional Therapy & Speech Therapy

located in Houston, TX

During the recovery period after jaw surgery, specialized therapy accelerates healing, strengthens the jaw, assures normal jaw function, and avoids relapse. Alizah Shahar, MS, CCC-SLP/OMT, of TASL Speech Therapy Consultants, has considerable experience dealing with patients before and after jaw surgery. Ms. Shahar offers individualized orofacial myofunctional therapy to help you prepare your muscles for surgery and optimize your recovery. Call the office located in Memorial City and Hedwig Village, Houston, Texas, or use the online booking option to make an appointment now.

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Why would I need jaw surgery?
Jaw surgery, also known as orthognathic surgery, may be recommended by your dentist to realign the upper and lower jaws or to repair a damaged jaw bone.

 

You may also require jaw surgery to:

  • Improve your chewing and biting skills.

  • Resolve swallowing issues

  • Fix your speech difficulties

  • Reduce the amount of wear and damage on your teeth.

  • Make sure you don't have an open bite or an underbite.

  • Make any necessary adjustments to a receding lower chin or jaw.

  • Asymmetry in the face should be balanced.

  • Lip closure should be improved.

  • TMJ pain should be relieved.

  • Recover from a face or jaw injury

  • A tumor in the jaw must be removed.

  • Treat snoring and sleep apnea

Jaw surgery is only possible after the bones have stopped developing, which occurs around the age of 16.

Why do I need to recuperate from jaw surgery?
Physical therapy is prescribed by doctors after surgery to aid healing and restore strength and mobility; the same is true for jaw surgery. Physical therapy for your jaw and face is known as orofacial myofunctional therapy.

 

Whatever the reason for your jaw surgery, the operation alters your bone structure. Muscles are affected by changes in bone form. As a result, how you move your tongue, eat, swallow, speak, and inhale will change in unexpected ways.
 

You'll require orofacial myofunctional therapy to help you heal from jaw surgery.

  • Jaw strain and pain are reduced.

  • Asymmetry of facial muscles

  • Jaw clenching and grinding are reduced.

  • Muscle strength is rebuilt.

  • Normal function is restored (chewing, swallowing, talking)

  • Increases mobility of the jaw, tongue, and lips

  • Breathing is improved.

Your therapy will teach you how to control the new mobility generated by your jaw surgery in addition to restoring muscular balance and function.

In the absence of orofacial myofunctional therapy during your jaw surgery recovery, irregular muscle movements could obstruct healing or even reverse some of the gains obtained during surgery.
 

What happens after jaw surgery and how long does it take to recover?
Because everyone heals at a different rate, Ms. Shahar will work with you at your own pace. Though you should begin working the muscles as soon as possible for best results, the intensity of your orofacial myofunctional treatment increases as inflammation and pain decrease.


Ms. Shahar tailors each person's therapy to their own need. You'll follow an exercise plan that aims to increase muscular mobility, control, and function.


Call TASL Speech Therapy Consultants or book an appointment online immediately if you need jaw surgery recovery.