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by kplatt2010
Fri Jan 18, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: How did you manage to work with a splint in for 5 weeks?
Replies: 6
Views: 385

Re: How did you manage to work with a splint in for 5 weeks?

Hey Treestumpish, The syringes are for the birds! Get yourself the plastic ketchup bottles. I got like a six pack from Amazon because (a) they're cheap, and (b) you might get a lemon in the bunch. It's challenging to use a straw because your lips are numb at first and I think sucking (negative press...
by kplatt2010
Fri Jan 18, 2019 2:57 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: post-Bimax: how long does the pain last?
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: post-Bimax: how long does the pain last?

Hey There- Regarding the post where your taking tylenol and codeine for pain; codeine only works on 30% of patients. With the Opioid crisis the providers have gone from one side to the other side of the spectrum. You do have to be very careful when taking narcotics but if used properly for a very li...
by kplatt2010
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:29 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Hello!

Yeah I agree with you regarding the insurance companies. When I got a $7K bill from the anesthesia folks after they had already been paid ; I freaked out. Then I made a million phone calls trying to figure out what was going on and how to resolve it. I think it's going to be resolved but BCBS has be...
by kplatt2010
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Give me Opinions!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2056

Re: Give me Opinions!!!

I'm with you with the elastics. I'm supposed to be wearing the box config. elastics for this go around. However; in the past, the unintended result has been to make the bottom molars tip in. Keeping this in mind; I'm trying to take 1 to 2 hour breaks every few hours. This is not my first go around "...
by kplatt2010
Sun Jan 13, 2019 11:14 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Hello!

Good Morning, I have BCBS federal which will cover the surgery when certain conditions are met. The primary reason that I had was sleep apnea. However; when I went for my pre-surgery visit, the surgeon said mine would be easily approved because of my large over-jet that occurred during the pre-surge...
by kplatt2010
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:27 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Hello!
Replies: 13
Views: 1205

Re: Hello!

Hi There-I would imagine that if your jaw has been banded shut for five weeks, it's normal to feel the pressure. However; I'm not your surgeon just someone who's had the surgery. My big issue after surgery was super painful popping. Similar to someone pulling back a rubber band and releasing it to y...
by kplatt2010
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:46 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?
Replies: 26
Views: 1972

Re: ok, I've got options. Which way should I go?

Hey Wendy-my daughter has an asymmetrical jaw. I think my daughters was directly related to a herbst device that her original ortho had her in prior to braces. The device kept breaking on one side and he would leave the other side up until he got the replacement part. This would sometime take upward...
by kplatt2010
Fri Jan 11, 2019 6:22 pm
Forum: The Bracket Club
Topic: Give me Opinions!!!
Replies: 6
Views: 2056

Re: Give me Opinions!!!

Hi There- I'm not sure if you are biting down correctly for the picture but your bite appears off. I'm not an orthodontist but I think you need to go into class II elastics to pull back the upper and pull forward lower. Teeth # 6 and 7 top right look off-set slightly in first close up image of your ...
by kplatt2010
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Post-op unsusual complications. Is it serious?!
Replies: 2
Views: 337

Re: Post-op unsusual complications. Is it serious?!

Hi There- I did not have any popping by applying pressure; I had serious popping in my joint with opening mouth and trying to drink. The popping eventually went away with time and ortho adjustments. It was pretty painful though when it happened. I would describe it as someone taking a rubber band, p...
by kplatt2010
Sun Jan 06, 2019 10:30 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?
Replies: 10
Views: 4187

Re: Metallic dental fillings : to change or not?

I agree with both Assertive and Gia regarding leaving it be. Composite is not as strong as the old amalgam. Yes it has trace mercury in it but I've had mine for 40 years. One of my deep composite fillings; that was previously amalgam, cracked and I had to get a crown and then eventually a root canal...
by kplatt2010
Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:17 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Unsure about surgery results... over-impaction/molars don't touch
Replies: 2
Views: 290

Re: Unsure about surgery results... over-impaction/molars don't touch

Hi There-six weeks is still early. I had double jaw surgery and thought the same thing. Please know that your face will continue to change and it will take upwards of a year before you are transformed into the final "you". Think about it; you've had your jaw broken in multiple spots and it's healing...
by kplatt2010
Tue Jan 01, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Elastic weight
Replies: 12
Views: 1875

Re: Elastic weight

Hi There-different elastic strengths are used for different actions. My ortho must buy generic because they're not animal coded LOL!! We have the medium (blue bag) and heavy (red bag) and latex versus non-latex. The heavy have been used on me in the class II configuration and the medium were used fo...
by kplatt2010
Sun Dec 30, 2018 10:07 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Orthognathic Surgery Preauthorization
Replies: 1
Views: 256

Re: Orthognathic Surgery Preauthorization

Good Morning Blazing Blue, It will not be you that obtains the pre-authorization but your surgeon. If for whatever reason; you are denied, the surgeon will be the one to write the appeal. You can check on prior authorization approval by calling the pre-certification number on the back of your BCBS c...
by kplatt2010
Sat Dec 29, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: post-Bimax: how long does the pain last?
Replies: 5
Views: 330

Re: post-Bimax: how long does the pain last?

Hi Tomm31, Has the pattern of your pain always been this way or is this a new onset? Timing is key with the meds and what type of meds that you are taking. I found that my pain increased with more activity to include talking and drinking my shakes / soups. My surgeon was of the opinion that there wo...
by kplatt2010
Wed Dec 26, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Would insurance cover braces and not surgery?
Replies: 4
Views: 296

Re: Would insurance cover braces and not surgery?

Hi HoneyBee, The best person to answer whether Medicaid will pay will be the surgeon. I would imagine that medicaid would have similar qualifications for why they would pay for the surgery as commercial health insurance. I have BCBS federal and I know in my particular case, the surgeon had shared wi...