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by drgnfly
Sun Jan 07, 2018 6:33 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Jaw infection after surgery
Replies: 1
Views: 406

Re: Jaw infection after surgery

Hey there! I just wanted to offer some encouragement. I'm three months out from double jaw surgery, and I had an infection around the same time as you're having yours now. I took the antibiotics and used the Peridex regularly, and it cleared up by the end of the course of antibiotics. Hang in there....
by drgnfly
Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:46 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Dentofacial deformity
Replies: 8
Views: 620

Re: Dentofacial deformity

Hi there - An open bite is one type of dentofacial deformity. My dentofacial deformity that led to jaw surgery was a class III malocclusion, or an underbite. Depending upon what's causing your open bite, surgery may be able to help. It can go a long way toward correcting some of the things that you ...
by drgnfly
Fri Nov 17, 2017 1:50 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?

I've come to realize from reading the experience of others and from my own experience that there's no such thing as a smooth recovery from jaw surgery. It's pretty much guaranteed to be awful from about day 3 until day 10 or so. That said, once you get over that hump, it's really mostly all downhill...
by drgnfly
Wed Nov 15, 2017 9:44 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?

It is strange! In my initial consult with the oral surgeon, he thought that if the orthodontist could get the lower midline close enough, that he'd be able to only operate on the upper jaw. After nearly 1.5 years in braces, when I was finally ready for surgery, he realized that I would need to have ...
by drgnfly
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:55 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: hardware removal
Replies: 1
Views: 653

Re: hardware removal

HI there - I'm sorry for the delayed response, but I didn't have anything to add to this discussion until today when I had my lower right plate and screws removed. I'm six weeks out from double jaw surgery, and unfortunately I had an infection over the plate which caused the gum tissue to not close,...
by drgnfly
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:42 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I had my right lower plate and three screws removed today, and here I am to report back on the process.. The sedation was perfect - I don't remember a thing but by the time I got home, I wasn't groggy at all. Once the local injection wore off 9on the way home), I h...
by drgnfly
Wed Nov 15, 2017 8:32 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?
Replies: 8
Views: 648

Re: Underbite - Is this the best treatment?

I had almost the exact same situation, right down to the asymmetrical lower jaw. I'm six weeks out from double jaw surgery today. It was rough, but after the first ten days, it started to get much better. Good luck with your decision!
by drgnfly
Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:38 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?

Hey there - I had some unilateral swelling, and the medical assistant said she could see pus. They pushed and drained the infection, then sent me home on antibiotics. The infection came back a couple weeks later, and again, was noticeable due to the unilateral swelling and tenderness. I was a very c...
by drgnfly
Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:43 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Re: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?

Thanks so much for the quick reply. That's great news! I was thinking that it would be a general anesthesia OR case. I'm sure that I'll have no problem with some local in office.
by drgnfly
Thu Nov 09, 2017 2:02 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Reputable Jaw Surgeon Recommendations? (Other than Arnett/Gunson)
Replies: 5
Views: 1652

Re: Reputable Jaw Surgeon Recommendations? (Other than Arnett/Gunson)

I recently had jaw surgery with Dr. Richard Jackson in Sacramento. I was very impressed by him and by his staff. I believe that he performs several jaw surgeries per week.
by drgnfly
Thu Nov 09, 2017 1:10 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?
Replies: 6
Views: 802

Infected Hardware / Hardware Removal?

Hi there - I'm five weeks out from double jaw surgery. I've had what seems to be a very average experience. I'm writing today, because at my appointment ten days ago, I had some unilateral swelling on my lower jaw over the hardware. When the surgical assistant looked at the area in my mouth, she sai...
by drgnfly
Sun Oct 29, 2017 1:07 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: October-December Surgery Buddies
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: October-December Surgery Buddies

Oh yeah, I think you'll be just fine with a little opening. I was wearing three of the heaviest weight rubber bands, and my surgeon said it was ok to open my mouth and talk with them in. And your surgeon will definitely know if everything's ok on Thursday without an x-ray. My surgeon tugs on my uppe...
by drgnfly
Sun Oct 29, 2017 11:20 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: October-December Surgery Buddies
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: October-December Surgery Buddies

Hey Joe - Don't apologize! There's nothing ridiculous about having concerns after surgery, especially a surgery like this. We just went through a really tough experience, and we want to make sure that everything goes well. As for the Xanax, your surgeon's office should taper you off when you no long...
by drgnfly
Sat Oct 28, 2017 9:35 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: October-December Surgery Buddies
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: October-December Surgery Buddies

Hey Joe - I'm so sorry you're having a rough time. I'm going through something similar right now - my midline was off, and I thought it was due to a molar. My jaw surgeon said it was a bicuspid, and my orthodontist said that I just needed to double up the rubber bands on the right side of my mouth. ...
by drgnfly
Thu Oct 26, 2017 11:23 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: October-December Surgery Buddies
Replies: 14
Views: 924

Re: October-December Surgery Buddies

I'm three weeks out - surgery was October 4th - and you are right, it was difficult. But it's gotten better every day. If anyone has any questions, I'm happy to help out. I'm a registered nurse who used to work in the OR, so I've circulated these cases as well.