Update on the Jaw

An update on the 101 in 1001 list:

020 – Document jaw surgery. Before and after.
About a week and a half ago, I went in to see the oral surgeon to update him on my progress. The deteriorating bone structure caused by all the movement of the teeth has been cause for concern, and he advised that I check out a periodontist as soon as I can. I don’t know WHEN I can, but I’ll make better efforts in doing so.

It looks like the plan is to schedule surgery for August 2009. I’ve taken the month off just in case. If I’m not using the time to recover, I’ll use the time for some much needed vacation. I had to shift around some time to make the month long PTO work out.

The orthodontist recently put in a spring next to one of the smaller teeth, so that space can be created. They’ll later have the dentist put a cap on it to make it look proportional to the other teeth. But man, that latest wire and spring was such a pain in the mouth. Seriously! The appointment which normally lasts 20 minutes took an hour. Ugh. I was in much pain, and the assistant putting everything in was having the hardest time.

Turns out that RV’s mother has had jaw surgery done before. Instead of an underbite, her correction was for an overbite. I keep telling myself that this whole ordeal is worth the end result. I think everyone around me has said the same thing. Fingers crossed for good results.

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  • I think I might have mentioned this before, but http://xbites.blogspot.com is my friend Erin’s blog of her jaw entire experience with braces and jaw surgery, complete with before and after pictures.