Dd's is medical too. Her teeth don't match up to eat. We have already done 4 years of treatments that have failed.
She will be year 10 or 11 by the time the surgery happens. We first have to go through process of convincing the professor that it should be done. Even though we have been told by the professor that retired last year that needs to be done. Her jaw will be done but the chin is up in the air a bit. The orthodontist thinks it does need to be done.
She has a very pointed chin. It so long and out that it balances her top jaw. So at quick glance you can't tell how bad her overbite is. So once that jaw is moved forward 1.4 cms her chin will also stick out even more. Iykim
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23-01-2016 15:09 #11
23-01-2016 15:21 #12
Yes its an expensive exercise which is made more complicated by the fact Medicare doesn't cover anything to do with teeth...which is quite ridiculous given teeth attach to jaws! We had top level private health cover (upgraded just to cover the surgery..was a 12mth wait, but the orthodontics took that long anyway ) and we're still almost 10k out of pocket! Fortunately we paid of the surgeons fee over a period of time. The PHI paid out over 25k that year...
He could have gone public but we're concerned how long he would have to wait and also whether they would do the so - called cosmetic/teeth work...
23-01-2016 15:26 #13
23-01-2016 15:29 #14
That's great. I hope she can get everything done that she needs...keep pushing! It will give so much more confidence x
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23-01-2016 21:31 #16
23-01-2016 21:41 #17
I would have tried to put on some weight if I could have. I ended up very underweight despite lots of sustagen etc. I lost 5kg in a week and then lost another 5 over the next few weeks. I didn't have any to loose and it took me 6 months or so to regain it.
Had 6 weeks off work and then went back on nightshift for 2 weeks so I didn't have to talk as much, I was still pretty sore.
As I said before I was in 5 days. They wanted me to stay longer but I refused.
I needed 3 root canals on my lower front teeth when my braces came off they were grey and looked dead. After that the surgeon said it might have eventually improved on its own but it was likely the nerves were cut when moving my chin. I also have no sensation in my teeth so had the root canals without any local or anything.
I think it was 3 or so months before eating normally, but I could eat soft foods after 4-6 weeks.
I feel like I look like me post surgery. It's like the photos of me as a kid look like me now rather than me before surgery if that makes sense.
23-01-2016 21:43 #18
17-03-2016 15:50 #19
Update... We saw a new surgeon today. The plan has been totally changed. The new plan is 2 surgeries.
The first one to remove two wisdoms teeth and spilt her top palate. Than we will need to turn the stretcher key serval time a day to widen her top jaw. Than months of braces and than surgery no2. Completely cutting of her top and bottom jaw. Rotating and tilting and extra things in.
Than more braces.
We start in 7 weeks.
17-03-2016 15:54 #20
That sounds almost exactly like my surgeries but I had the top jaw moved in 3 pieces in the second surgery.
The expansion and wisdom removal (first surgery) wasn't to bad. The worst bit was that I couldn't talk at all when the expander went in. Took about a week until anyone could understand me then I had a big impediment until it was removed - a few months after surgery from memory. Wasn't expecting it at all so was pretty upset that I couldn't talk, especially as I lived my myself and worked etc
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