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X-Ray'd

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It has been more than six months since my surgery.  Here’s an update, with photos and grammatical errors.



Six weeks post-op.

Pretty much everything I read before the surgery said that I will be able to eat after six weeks.  Naturally I was pretty excited when I reached six weeks post-op, and then I was equally disappointed.  I tried but I couldn’t really eat.  My mouth didn’t open very wide, I couldn’t move the food once I got some in my mouth, and I couldn’t feel what the hell my teeth were doing.  Oh well!


Three months post-op.

Not that different from the photo above.  Although it was nice to kind of have my chin back.  (That’s my “good side” of course!)

My forehead and the tip of my nose always have been fairly oily, but during the healing process my entire face became extremely oily–something about healing nerves.  I considered applying for an OPEC membership.

Also, using a sonicare toothbrush on a mouth full of healing nerves is the most ticklish thing ever.  Srsly.


Six months post-op.

Ok, I don’t know what’s with the this picture. I look like I was high or been hypnotized or something.


Six months post-op. My less-good side.

(Thanks to Joe for taking these photos.)

Ok, X-rays…

That’s a month before the surgery, after about two years of braces, of which you can see in the picture.

That’s after, without the braces.  That shiny stuff are my fillings.  Notice all that stuff holding my upper jaw.  The effect is slightly exaggerated compared to the before picture because I was looking down a little more in the after picture.

You can see the screws for lower jaw better here.

As for the results, I don’t have an underbite anymore, but my bite still isn’t great.  My molar aren’t touching when I bite together, so while I can bite I can’t grind my food.  My orthodontist said I should wait a year before I should do anything about that because my bite could still change.

My lips still feel numb and a little stiff, especially the upper.  Occasionally I still get muscle spasms, which make my teeth clank together.  Not particularly painful, but annoying nonetheless.  I had a burger yesterday and I was just barely able to open my mouth wide enough for it.

Anyway, enough bawwwing.  The healing process could take up to a year.  I’ll post some before-and-after pictures then.

Written by Barry

May 10, 2009 at 11:41 pm

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