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Why Jaw Surgery NEEDS Myofunctional Therapy!

Updated: Aug 1, 2021

Why Myofunctional Therapy Should Not be Overlooked

Jaw surgery recovery with Myofunctional Therapy is usually overlooked by oral surgeons as well as individuals seeking jaw surgery. So why is jaw surgery rehabilitation so overlooked pre and post surgery? Find out below!

3 reasons why Myofunctional Therapy is Important for Jaw Surgery

01: Improvement in Chewing and Biting Food due to Jaw Misalignment.

  • Jaw Surgery Rehabilitation with Myofunctional therapy re-educates muscle patterns associated with oral rest posture and deglutition to the new bite and bone structure created with Jaw surgery.

  • The risk of Jaw Surgery relapses is at 60% without Jaw Surgery Rehabilitation with Myofunctional therapy

Reference: J Appl Oral Sci. 2018; 26: e20170164. Published online 2018 Jan 16. doi: 10.1590/1678-7757-2017-0164 PMCID: PMC5777416 PMID: 29412368 Effects of orofacial myofunctional therapy on masticatory function in individuals submitted to orthognathic surgery: a randomized trial Daniela Galvão de Almeida Prado, 1 Giédre Berretin-Felix, 2 Renata Resina Migliorucci, 3 Mariana da Rocha Salles Bueno, 3 Raquel Rodrigues Rosa, 2 Marcela Polizel, 4 Isadora Ferraz Teixeira, 5 and Maria Beatriz Duarte Gavião 6

02: Reduce of Chronic Headaches: Corrective jaw surgery will cease the teeth-grinding day or night, which will ultimately reduce daily headaches

  • The benefits of myofunctional therapy for bruxism have been documented in a clinical study. In this study, people saw a reduction in episodes of bruxism from 24 per hour to 9 per hour. Muscle tension reduced as well. Perhaps most importantly, people saw their pain reduce dramatically, from around 8 on a 10-point scale to less than 2.

  • Decreasing the jaw tension and muscle patterns during speaking and conversation as well as strengthening the muscles of the away can decrease clenching and grinding patterns

03: Improving Overall Facial Appearance: Having and underbite or an overbite is certainly unfortunate, but fixable. Even if one’s bite needs to be fixed by a millimeter; this millimeter can go a long way. If one’s mandible projects outward, he/she has an underbite. This gives the appearance of an oversized jaw, which can harm the beauty of his/her smile. By contrast, an overbite makes one look as if their jaw isn’t fully developed. The jaw bone is surgically moved forward or backwards accordingly.

  • The muscle function of the jaw, tongue, and lips drives the bones. Myofunctional therapy repatterns the muscle function to alignment and decreases the risk of asymmetrical muscle patterns and relapse.

What does Jaw Surgery Rehabilitation with Myofunctional Therapy Entail?

Jaw Surgery Rehabilitation with Myofunctional therapy is necessary for pre/post-treatment. Pre-treatment involves assessment of the muscle function and eliminating oral habits, automatize lip and tongue posture, increase intraoral sensitivities, normalize tonus, and developing normal swallowing patterns, and preparing for jaw surgery.

Treatment during intermaxillary fictions includes improving mobility and sensation of oral muscles.

After Jaw surgery includes: Improvement in ROM of Jaw, lips, tongue muscles, airway muscles, chewing, swallowing patterns, the introduction of foods, and speech problems when present.

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