My Jaw Surgery

Biting the bullet and going for it

X-Rays

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Set for Surgery

After 6 months in braces, I am ready for surgery. I will be having surgery in November, so I will have had my braces on for about 9 months on the day of my surgery. November is right around the corner so I’m naturally getting a bit anxious but I’ve accepted the fact that I need surgery to fix my bite. There’s really no backing out now, unless I want to deal with this crazy bite for the rest of my life. Pretty soon I will no longer fixate on my bite and will hopefully be able to move on with my life.

As you can see from the updated pictures, my bite has gotten significantly worse in just a matter of months. The right side of my jaw is about 5 mm longer than the left and you can see the asymmetry in my bite more easily now too. Biting into food and eating in general is much more uncomfortable than it used to be as my bite has opened up quite a bit in the front. I also now have 1mm gaps between my laterals and canines, which are annoying to say the least. I am looking forward to bonding or crowning these teeth to make them wider after surgery.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a bit nervous for surgery, especially upper jaw surgery. Lower jaw surgery doesn’t seem to bother me nearly as much. I wish there was a medication that would just knock me out for the days leading up to surgery. Does anyone have any hints or tips on dealing with pre-surgery nerves?

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Braces update

My pre-surgical orthodontic preparation plan includes opening up 1mm gaps between my laterals and my canines.  This is to allow more room for my upper arch to fit over my lower arch after surgery.  I initially thought the gaps were created to allow space for upper jaw segment cuts, but that isn’t the case since the segments will take place between the canines and the first molars.  As you can see from the pictures, my left side is starting to open up, about 1/2mm so far.  The right side is also opening up but just not visibly yet.  The plan is to bond my laterals once everything is said and done.  I’ve been through braces twice before so my teeth are somewhat straight and my bite doesn’t look so bad when I compare my bite to some of the orthognathic community, but it’s off by enough to drive me crazy.

Can’t wait for surgery

I didn’t realize how many people would actually view this blog.  I’m close to 1000 views in just a month.  I wonder how many of you out there struggle with TMJ pain on a daily basis.  For as long as I can remember, which only dates back to my high school days for some reason, I’ve had significant TMJ pain.  It’s not usually a sharp pain that will knock me out for the night, but a dull, chronic discomfort that just won’t ever go away.  I like to describe it as if I have a really loose and dangling joint on the right, and a tight crickety joint on the left.  This is mainly due to the fact that I have asymmetry and an uneven bite.  My teeth hit high on my left side, so naturally I always chew on my left.  

I’ve never personally met anyone that struggles with TMJ quite the way I do.  I’ll come across people who say they have TMD, but they always seem to manage just fine.  Maybe I’m managing just fine in their eyes as well, but I just feel like life would be so easy if I didn’t have to constantly think about my jaw hurting.  I feel like I’ve been quite successful so far in life, but I wonder how much I’m being held back because of chronic pain.  I think that most people that undergo orthognathic surgery have suffered through a lot leading up to surgery and have just learned to deal with their problems.  I find it difficult to understand how people without chronic pain can complain as much as they do.  I’m really hoping jaw surgery can help even out my bite and take some of the stress off my joints.  The possibilities just seem limitless after surgery.  Hopefully my expectations aren’t too high.

If anyone out there currently suffers from similar TMD, or has gone through jaw surgery with chronic pain, please comment and let me know how you cope with the pain.  

Profilo Video

Profilo Video

This is a great video showing the spectacular results that people with asymmetry can have. 

After

After

Before

Before

EA Sports character manipulation Before/After. 

Medical Modeling VSP Orthognathics

Medical Modeling VSP Orthognathics

Here is a link that shows precisely what I’ll be having done.  This is not my surgical workup but it is very similar to my situation.  The link may only work if you are logged into Facebook. It’s interesting to see how asymmetry is corrected through double jaw surgery.  

Braces at 2 months

I’ve had braces on for two months now. My bite has gotten significantly worse in just a matter of months. The gap on my right side has opened up so that my teeth are more aligned with my crooked jaw.  This makes my bite a whole lot more uncomfortable and causes added stress on my TMJs.
I’ve had braces twice before, only to have less than desirable results. This round of braces is undoing what my previous two orthodontists tried to do.

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