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by ohmyjaw
Wed Feb 25, 2009 8:47 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Thinking of putting my money where my malocclusion is...
Replies: 4
Views: 792

Hi millstone, The change in appearance will partly depend on how much movement you need. I found that mine did not change much - it's essentially the same face, but with improved proportions (ie. my chin is slightly less prominent). But no drastic changes for me (and I certainly didn't want any, eit...
by ohmyjaw
Wed Feb 18, 2009 6:19 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Mandible surgery-Yes, now NO
Replies: 3
Views: 970

Yikes, that sounds difficult. The only suggestion I can offer is to get another opinion, if you can. I don't see why your age should be a big deal... especially since you already had SARPE and healed just fine. However, if your bite is really only 2mm off, that seems like a very small amount, that c...
by ohmyjaw
Sun Feb 15, 2009 12:26 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: What is the difference of chin implants and this surgery?
Replies: 2
Views: 944

A chin implant is a cosmetic fix. It may be a good solution for someone whose only problem is having a small or receding chin. On the other hand, it does nothing to change the size or chape of your jaw. It will not fix problems like overbite, overjet, gummy smile, crossbite, and so on. It wil do not...
by ohmyjaw
Sat Feb 07, 2009 7:12 am
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Need help as im at aloose end
Replies: 9
Views: 1170

You should go see a proper orthodontist first of all, and get a full assessment. I am Canadian, so I am not totally sure how your system works, but I think that you can get the NHS to pay for your surgery if they think your problem is serious enough.
by ohmyjaw
Fri Feb 06, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: aaaahh!
Replies: 5
Views: 837

It will get better, just hang in there! Make sure you are drinking lots of fluids, and go for walks.

I was still pretty swollen at 8 days post-op. It took about two weeks for my swelling to get much better. You should be a lot better by the time you start university.
by ohmyjaw
Sun Feb 01, 2009 2:03 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Help?
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Um, no I think that would be pretty unlikely. Usually you wouldn't have to get headgear if you're having surgery, as far as I know. It would be a bit redundant, I think. But I am not an orthodontist, so I can't offer total certainty on that one.
by ohmyjaw
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:51 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Help?
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

I don't know what you mean by a cage. I don't know if you need a referral - it depends where you live. If you are not sure, just call up any orthodontist and ask. By the way, if you do get orthodontic treatment, you will need to see a dentist anyways, because your teeth need to be clean and healthy!
by ohmyjaw
Sun Feb 01, 2009 1:29 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Help?
Replies: 10
Views: 1149

Basically what you need to do is make an appointment with an orthodontist and find out what your treatment options are. Each person's case is unique, so none of us can tell you exactly what will happen. But if you are a candidate for surgery, then yes, you will have to get braces. I know it's hard w...
by ohmyjaw
Sun Feb 01, 2009 6:32 am
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Considering surgery
Replies: 1
Views: 467

Hi Saffie, if you browse this message board you will find many stories from people who have had surgery, and that should probably give you an idea of what's involved. My personal opinion is that it's definitely worth it, and if you can get it done for free, go for it! It's not exactly a walk in the ...
by ohmyjaw
Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:01 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Cathaters, and stomache tubes?
Replies: 9
Views: 1737

The tube does indeed go into your stomach - it is called a naso-gastric tube. It sucks out any blood that might end up going down your throat during surgery. I had mine in for the whole night after surgery, and yes it is uncomfortable but not painful. Also, I had a catheter in for the whole night af...
by ohmyjaw
Wed Dec 17, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Bone from Hip inserted into my upper jaw?
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

My jaw definitely hurt worse than my hip. I had a crossbite and underbite and lip incompetence and asymmetrical lower jaw. Sorry I can't help with insurance stuff; I'm in Canada!
by ohmyjaw
Wed Dec 17, 2008 5:45 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Bone from Hip inserted into my upper jaw?
Replies: 5
Views: 1129

Yup I had it done. I have a small scar on my hip, about 3 cm long. It was a bit sore for a few days, you will not want to sleep on that side for a week or so, and you have to keep it dry for about a week. Otherwise it is not a big deal.
by ohmyjaw
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:29 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Horrible Breath
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Ok, I have no experience with this personally, so I don't know what I would say. But I think you should just tell her straight forward, but gently: You have a breath issue and you need to get some medical attention.
by ohmyjaw
Wed Dec 17, 2008 3:17 pm
Forum: Metal Mouth Forum
Topic: Horrible Breath
Replies: 15
Views: 2350

Yes, I think you should tell her. Her breath may be caused by her teeth, but not necessarily. It could be a result of any number of health problems. Just because her teeth are crooked, doesn't mean that's what is causing the bad breath. She should start with a visit to her family doctor.
by ohmyjaw
Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:48 pm
Forum: Oral (Orthognathic) Surgery
Topic: Should I confront my Ortho about this??? (pics now up...eww)
Replies: 49
Views: 9613

I agree with Meryaten. While surgery does come with some risks, major complications are extremely rare, and in most cases the benefits of the surgery outweigh the risks. Your ortho did you a disservice. It's possible that he just doesn't know enough about what jaw surgery can achieve for the patient...