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Michelle's TMJ Journey. Welcome to my blog!

Michelle's TMJ Journey

I’m Michelle, and I’ve been suffering from chronic TMJD for the last 4 years of my life. I’ve tried many different conservative treatment options (muscle relaxants, a bite splint to wear at night, cortisone shots, etc.) and none of them have had any permanent relief. Last year I was referred to a wonderful dentist that specialized in TMJ relief. She looked over an MRI I had over a year before, and told my parents and me the bad news – that the cartilage discs on both sides of my jaw were dislocated. The right side came back into position, but the left was permanently dislocated, and the only way to fix it was surgery. My initial reaction to this was absolutely no way would I have jaw surgery. We went to meet with a surgeon in the Chicago area who has done many of these surgeries, and he explained that there were a few options that we could take.

Michelle Like this: Like Loading... 6 week update, plus some advice for anybody considering jaw surgery. I can’t believe it’s been six weeks since my surgery!

6 week update, plus some advice for anybody considering jaw surgery.

I’ve been meaning to write more often on here, but I guess life has just gotten a lot busier. My recovery is going really well. I’m now taking out my splint 5 times a day for 30 minutes, which is infinitely better than the previous fifteen. Orthognathicsurgerysupport. Living on a liquid diet after jaw surgery. Jaws Wired Shut: The Panic Button. Jaws Wired Shut. Guest Post: Pumpkin Pie & A Blender Perhaps the most ubiquitous reason to take a turn on the blender diet is having one’s wisdom teeth removed.

Jaws Wired Shut

I unwittingly took a trial run myself, getting all four wisdom teeth out about a year before I broke my jaw. Luke from Tuna Cupcake went through it himself last fall and managed to make it fun — beyond the requisite painkillers — by testing out this awesome milkshake and then generously sharing the results with JWS: When I was little, our neighbour grew these prize-winning pumpkins. They were MASSIVE. That said, it also meant that we had easy access to pumpkin for eating. A new blog about oral surgery recovery techniques and products. A daily recount of my journey through recovery of jaw surgery. Jaw Surgery Survival Guide - Home. The recovery from double jaw surgery to fix my open/cross bite. The dog days are (almost) over. Happy-Go-Plucky. Braces and Wrinkles. Vince's Jaw Surgery.

Operation Break-My-Jaw. I agreed to orthognathic surgery. I agreed to orthognathic surgery. Another before & after. Carpe Diem! Live Consciously, Seize the Day! My Step-By-Step Journey Into Braces & Orthognathic Surgery. Orthognathic? I have trouble just spelling it... Jabber Jaw Surgery Blog. Brandy's Braces, SARPE, Jaw Surgery Journal. Putting Money Where My Mouth Is. Adventures of Adult Orthodontics and Jaw Surgery. Orthognathic? I have trouble just spelling it... Brace-face Round 3. Paul's Excellent SARPE and Braces and Jaw Surgery Adventures. Before and After picture. Hi everyone, For those out there who are thinking about whether or not this surgery is the right idea for you, here is my before-and-after comparison.

Before and After picture

The "before" was back in April 2009 - the night before my SARPE (which is why you can probably make out a little bit of metal in my mouth; that's the expander). Incidentally, this is a picture that has already been posted in my 2009 entries (I used to put up many more pictures, so feel free to go back there and see!). The "after" was taken yesterday, March 13th, 2013 - almost four years later. Yeah, got a little less hair now, some new glasses as well (with one other pair inbetween actually!) Is it really a debate whether or not I should have invested four years into this? Rainy Day Writer. From pre-op prep to post-op progress.

August 2013. I took these photos in June at my 15 month mark.

August 2013

I didn't get around to posting them until now. It's been a fun summer with vacations and pool time but sadly, it's coming to an end. My surgeon is extremely pleased with my outcome. I am fairly happy about things also. I was super happy until I started my veneer work in July. Veneers added a new level of drama. For now, current pictures... Not my typical profile pics, but the half-side angle was one I avoided like the plague for years. My experience preparing for and recovering from double jaw surgery. CHANGING ME. OraStretch press, E-Z Flex II, and TheraBite Jaw Motion Rehab and TMJ Exercise Devices. My Orthognathic Surgery Journey. NOTE: This information was initially addressed on one of my daily posts, but since I believe it is so helpful to others, it’s getting it’s own page!!

My Orthognathic Surgery Journey

I’ve updated the list to include the suggestions of others, too. Thanks everyone! Some products have proved themselves truly invaluable during my recovery, and so I highly recommend them to anyone about to undergo orthognathic surgery: 1. Bed Buddy Back Wrap: OK- you are not really going to use this on your back for the time being. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Swelling Remedies In addition to Ice and Heat, there are some things that have been known to reduce the amount of swelling experienced post surgery. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Get Set For Surgery. Double jaw surgery/ orthongathic surgery blog singapore. Questions to Ask your Surgeon before Orthognathic Surgery. A Double-Jaw Surgery Journey. Jaw Dropping Blends. Liquid Diet After Jaw Surgery. After oral surgery, a liquid diet is often the focus of your diet.

Liquid Diet After Jaw Surgery

Blended and pureed foods often need to be thin enough to pass through a straw or your teeth and easily swallowed. Though the types of food you eat must change for several weeks, your body requires the same nutrition and vitamins for proper bone and tissue healing, advises the Oral Facial Surgery Center. When eating the correct foods and amounts, weight loss often does not surpass 15 pounds. If you feel your weight loss is becoming severe, discuss your diet with a medical doctor or health professional. Just as before your jaw was broken, your diet should still contain foods from all major food groups. When you feel you are beginning to lose too much weight, it is time to add extra protein and calories to your diet. Not all beverages are ideal when on a broken jaw diet. Plan on eating every two to three hours instead of three times a day.

Eating your way through orthognathic surgery. 2 MONTHS AFTER DOUBLE JAW SURGERY- FEELING GOOD! Corrective Jaw Surgery Blog and Forums. Jaw Surgery Blog. Corrective Jaw Surgery Blog.