I had upper and lower jaw surgery last September and I just got my braces off a week ago. Of course, I couldn't wait to try to chew gum! While chewing the way you chew gum, I noticed that there is quite a bit of numbness in my chin...but definitely not a big deal. I still have feeling, it is just tingly.
Originally Posted by ibake&pray
We had our son's lower jaw broken and realigned because his bite was off by an entire molar. His oral surgeon told him it could take a year for feeling to return to any nerves that were damaged in the surgery. Nerves are delicate things and don't like to be messed around with and when they are moved it takes time for them to settle down and for feeling to return to them after they have been tramatized.
I know that our son said that it was a full year for him to regain feeling in some parts of his jaw..and that he was totally satisfied that he had it done!
You have to realize that any time you start moving around nerves and muscles that it causes irritation and it may cause damage to them that takes time for them to heal. It can also cause damage that sometimes doesn't repair itself. It's a risk that you assume when you undergo the surgery. But for most people it is a risk that they are willing to take.