56 and Finally Getting Double Jaw Surgery! - Seattle, WA

I've known since the age of 14 that I've needed...

I've known since the age of 14 that I've needed jaw surgery. I was bullied by several boys starting at age 11. My parents sent me to an orthodontist but they couldn't afford jaw surgery so nothing was ever done.

Since then I've had headaches, jaw, neck and tooth pain as well as teeth wearing down. Problems eating as most of my teeth don't hit together. Hoping to rectify some of these problems though I've been told my top jaw is narrower than my bottom jaw and my surgeon will need to widen it..I will have a need for three splints after surgery. Scary! That's what I worry the most about...and how well I will heal at my age. I'm shooting for surgery summer of 2017, as I'm a teacher and I need to do it when I have time off. I'd love to hear tips from anyone that's been through the process. The journey begins...

Braces continue...

Im having some issues with teeth getting really loose when braces are tightened. It seems to be temporary, but they hurt for quite a few days and its really hard to chew in those areas. At the current time my bite has gotten worse and I can only chew on my right back teeth. Underbite has become more pronounced... Which I knew it would. Anyone besides me have troubles with major chapped lips?
Dr. Dale Bloomquist

So far so good. I had read that his bedside manner wasn't the best, but that has not been my experience at all so far. He was very cordial, took a lot of time, asked if I had questions, and his assistant was fantastic. Maybe it has to do with me being older and closer to their ages? Regardless, I'm more interested in his expertise in the O.R. and that he has done several thousand of these surgeries in his 30 + years of being a jaw surgeon.

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