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How long after jaw surgery can you chew?

I am a 34 year old female. I want to know how long after jaw surgery can you chew?

4 Answers

Depends on the type of surgery, it is best to discuss with your surgeon.
Very soft foods right away, about half way to normal diet after 6 weeks and returning to full function after 12 weeks.
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Thanks for your question! The answer depends on the nature and type of operation you are going to have. Most patients are on a liquid diet for at least a few days, and then are able to choose soft solid foods for another 2 to 3 weeks before resuming a normal solid diet. I hope this helps!
Depending on the type of surgery. For extractions, eat on the opposite side. For jaw surgery, a liquid diet is suggested.