Monday, September 12, 2011

and now I wait.

Went to see the surgeon this morning. I've decided to keep a log of this, and I'll try not to belabor the grisly points, but I do want to keep a running history of this for myself here.

I have an open bite which means that only my back molars on each side touch, and no amount of braces or other actions can physically make my teeth meet. I have for several years misunderstood that I would have the lower mandible sliced and repositioned, when in fact, it will apparently be the upper mandible. Gross, right?

This is a necessary evil-- I'm going to start losing my back teeth if I don't do this, and the way my jaw has to move around to chew has caused osteo-arthritis on both sides, but pretty severely on the right. Sometimes I have stabbing pains right into my jaw.

Wednesday morning I have to be back in Dallas to see the orthodontist, and he should be able to tell me then roughly how long I'll have to be in braces before they can perform the surgery. I'm hoping it can still be done this year. I should have gotten this consultation rolling earlier, but I just had to wait for some things to pan out so I could be sure I'd be able to afford all this. I'm crossing my fingers, hoping for a 4 or 6 weeks of orthodontics first, at the most. I'll be crestfallen if I have to miss Spring semester because of this (that's why I didn't go this Fall). But, I'll deal with it.

More news Wednesday

8 comments:

Guffaw in AZ said...

Wow! Good thoughts and prayers your way.
gfa

Buck said...

Aiiieee. I feel yore pain, Phlegmmy. I've been through countless hours of advanced dentistry in the last ten years and it freakin' HURTS. But, that said, the results are worth the pain and sufferin'. I hope this all works out exactly like you want it to, and in the time-frames you want.

Old NFO said...

Thoughts and prayers for a speedy fix and a quick recovery Phlegmmy.

Roberta X said...

Day-um! Also, ditto what Old NFO said. We'll be thinking of you!

Keads said...

My thoughts and prayers as well!

DirtCrashr said...

Good luck with all that!! My wife went to this guy for some implant work, he's mainly apnea stuff but also did/does some celebs who need Maxillomandibular advancement, Tiger Woods we think - judging from the set of golf clubs in the office...

Christina LMT said...

I hope you can get it done in the desired time-frame, Phlegmmy, with as little pain as possible! You're a Tough Texas Woman (TTW), so I know you'll be all right. Best of luck!

TOTWTYTR said...

That looks like not even a bit of fun. Still, you'll be better when it's all done. Best of luck.