Jaw surgery covers every disease, diagnosis and treatment of all soft tissues in the mouth such as cheek, salivary glands, tongue, cheek, teeth, jaw joint and jaw. Depending on the treatment method and the patient, surgical procedures are performed under general anesthesia, local anesthesia or conscious sedation.

Jaw surgery treatments, which must be performed by expert and experienced jaw surgeons, must be carried out with the correct methods and practices. Factors that cause problems in terms of both health and aesthetics are effectively resolved through jaw surgery procedures. Jaw surgery operations, which are performed with much faster and more successful methods with developing technology, should be performed in hospitals or fully equipped clinics.

What is Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery?

Oral and maxillofacial surgery, also known as oral and maxillofacial surgery, are procedures performed by highly trained dental surgeons. It is the unit that deals with situations requiring surgical intervention regarding the face, jaw, teeth and mouth.


What Does Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Do?

What does jaw surgery look at? It is one of the questions that confuses people. Oral, dental and maxillofacial surgery deals with all kinds of hereditary or acquired problems in the jaw, mouth and face, and deals with solutions to these problems.

Jaw problems that may arise from not being able to bite food, having problems chewing, and swallowing problems are resolved in this section. This department, which deals with all kinds of problems related to teeth, jaws and jaw joint, provides the necessary treatment in the form of general anesthesia, local anesthesia or conscious sedation, depending on the patient’s condition and the required procedure.

Does Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Use Fillers?

Dental filling is the restoration and renewal of teeth that are decayed, broken or have lost their functions due to various reasons, with various materials. The main goal is to prevent the progression of carious tissue and prevent losing the tooth completely. Dental filling treatment can be applied to all cases that are damaged or broken for various reasons and do not appear aesthetically pleasing.

Although dental filling is not a surgical procedure, if anesthesia is applied, you should not eat or drink anything until 3 hours after the treatment. The effect of anesthesia should be waited for it to wear off. Tooth filling and root canal treatment are not surgical procedures; the department of oral, dental and maxillofacial surgery performs these treatments.

What Diseases Does Jaw Surgery Treat?

Jaw surgery generally offers solutions and treatments for those who have wear and tear on their teeth, pain in the jaw joint, and problems with swallowing, biting and chewing. Difficulty in speaking, noisy breathing or snoring, etc. Elimination of problems arising from mouth opening is also included in the jaw surgery department.


If we look at other diseases that jaw surgery deals with:

  • Cystic tumor treatment in the jaw,
  • Treatment of jaw fractures,
  • Treatment of lesions in the bone (dental origin),
  • Extraction of impacted teeth,
  • Treatment of cleft lips,
  • Making corrections before dental implant application and prosthesis procedure,
  • Treatment of salivary gland diseases,
  • Treatment of cleft palate,
  • Correction of deformities in the jaw area,
  • Aesthetic restorative treatment procedures,
  • Tooth colored restorations,
  • Clogged canals in dental root canal systems,
  • Root fractures,
  • These diseases can be listed as the treatment of bone necrosis that occurs as a result of cancer treatment.

From what age can jaw surgery be performed?

The jaw area has important functions in the body. Jaw operations can be performed to ensure that important functions such as speaking, swallowing and breathing are not disrupted or performed properly. The chin area is always evaluated with the lower jaw, upper jaw, face and.

At this point, since bone development continues, it is preferred to perform operations after the age of 18 in order not to hinder development or to prevent the problem from recurring.

What is Conscious Sedation?

Conscious sedation, which is applied in addition to local and general anesthesia during the jaw surgery treatment process, is the creation of deep sleep while the patient is conscious, thanks to some medications. Its difference from general anesthesia is that the verbal commands given by the dentist can be followed. The patient is monitored and blood pressure and pulse are monitored. At the same time, as a treatment procedure in which consciousness is suppressed, it does not cause any trauma as the patient will not remember the procedures applied during the treatment, unpleasant sounds, or pain.


This safe method is used intravenously in adults. Dose adjustment is made according to weight and additional doses can be given depending on the duration of treatment. The patient will be able to go home approximately half an hour after the procedure is completed. However, it is recommended to avoid situations that require effort, not to drive, and for the patient to rest. For this reason, it is recommended to go to treatment with a relative.

What are the Types of Sedation?

Different sedation methods may be preferred by the doctor depending on the severity of the medical procedure to be performed, pain and discomfort. The way drug dosage is adjusted may vary depending on the consciousness-soothing and suppressing effect of sedation. Different reactions are observed in the patient at each level of sedation. It is not required for aesthetic smile design, but it is required for therapeutic surgical methods.

Minimal Sedation It has minimal effects and soothes on body senses. It is preferred when controlling situations such as anxiety and panic attacks. For example; fear of needles, fear of dentists etc…
Orta Düzey Sedasyon It is called procedural sedation. Here the patient’s consciousness is semi-open. While the ability to breathe freely continues, the feeling of pain, anxiety and discomfort has significantly decreased.
Dissociation It can be called a more severe version of mid-level sedation. Medicines are used to prevent sensory stimulation from reaching the higher centers of the brain. The patient seems detached from the environment and responds only to certain stimuli.
Deep Sedation It is one step before general anesthesia. The patient is almost unconscious. The patient may need assistance with breathing.
General Anesthesia It is the most severe form of sedation. Consciousness is completely turned off. The patient does not react to any stimuli. Requires respiratory support.

Where Should Jaw Surgery Be Performed?

Jaw surgery is performed in hospitals with full capacity. A specialist anesthesiologist and the necessary equipment must be available. At the same time, it is very important that other experts are available in case of possible emergency. Lack of necessary equipment and sufficient team may pose possible risks. Therefore, emergency action may be necessary. In terms of patient safety, it is very important to perform jaw surgery treatments in the hospital.

After Jaw Surgery

After jaw surgery treatment, anesthesia problems such as nausea, dizziness, vomiting, drowsiness and weakness, as well as minor bleeding, bruising, swelling and pain, which are seen in all surgeries, may also occur. These types of problems are resolved immediately within a few days.

After the treatment, pain is relieved with bee killers. Edema and swelling disappear within a few days and the pain quickly regresses.

Jaw Surgery Recovery Process

After jaw surgery, recovery occurs on average within one to three weeks. After the procedure, the patient is closely monitored and necessary medication is administered. During the operation, all operations are performed quickly. In this way, the patient’s recovery is accelerated and edema is also reduced. Additionally, fluid and blood loss is reduced.


In oral and maxillofacial surgery, patients are first examined and diagnosed, and then treatment planning is made. As Mehmet Eker Dental Clinic, we offer examination and treatment services by our specialist physicians. Additional imaging and radiographs necessary for diagnosis are taken. After the treatment planning of our patients, the appropriate appointment date is given for the treatment process. Necessary control sessions are created for patients whose treatment is completed and close treatment follow-up is carried out.

How Long Does It Take to Heal After Jaw Surgery?

Jaw surgical procedures are performed by doctors who are experts in the field. It is possible to start physical activities gradually after the operations. Since physical activities improve your body circulation, you should start with simple and gentle movements as soon as possible. Your doctor will definitely inform you, but unless he gives additional information, heavy movements and sports will be prohibited for the first week.

The most important point in jaw surgery wounds is to keep the wound clean. Here it is necessary to brush the teeth and support oral care with antiseptic mouthwashes. Cigarettes, alcohol, spices, acidic and very hot foods and drinks can cause trauma in the mouth. It is recommended that you stay away from these products until the oral ulcer heals.

Depending on the operation, bleeding may continue for 1-2 days after the operation. During this process, you should stay away from hard and shelly foods. Your bleeding may increase. Even if the stitches are dissolvable, your doctor must remove the stitches.

How to Make an Appointment for Jaw Surgery?

You can receive treatment in public hospitals within the scope of personal data protection by making appointments through Maxillofacial Surgery MHRS. You can access information about hospitals with jaw surgery in your province via mhrs, state hospitals or research hospitals.

Private dental hospitals also provide services in this field. In order to get the best service in this regard, a doctor who is specialized in his field should be preferred.

Which is the Best Maxillofacial Surgeon in Turkey?

There is a maxillofacial surgeon who specializes in his own field in every province of Turkey. However, the definition of the best may change over time depending on the feedback received from patients. You can regain your health at Mehmet Eker Clinic, which always offers the best service with its expert team.

You can contact our Mehmet Eker Clinic to get detailed information about performing all the necessary procedures safely during the jaw surgery treatment process and achieving a healthy result.