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  • I'm wondering if braces are needed when preparing for jaw surgery when the teeth already fit in in the place the jaw is moved into? ... Visitor from Sweden     (answer)

  • I'm totally unhappy with my jaw surgery, NOBODY can tell I had surgery. The only thing I see is a slight difference in gummy smile. I was told my lips would finally come together naturally at rest after the procedure but instead they hang open in same fish face look I had before. I was told my upper teeth that stick out too far from being flared/bowed out due to narrow jaw would also go back a tad but I don't see that either. I don't see 99% of what he said would change and nobody can tell I had surgery. Who would spend so much money to have nobody see any improvement? I want know if someone can revise it. Maybe the jaw needed go back also not just up. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • Corrective Jaw Surgery: I'm 18 years old and have a class 3 underbite. I also have a severe cross bite. I only have 4 spots where my teeth connect and its just by hairs. I'm not a fan of braces, and my teeth are very straight, its just my jaw that's not aligned right. If I get jaw surgery, are the braces required? Is there any way I can go without the braces? ... Visitor from OH     (answer)

  • Tumor: I had a tumour removed from my upper jaw, right hand side, so my jaw was removed along with 5 teeth. I am now having problems opening my mouth. I've been told to stretch, but it won't open more than the thickness of 11 tongue depressors. Please. can you help? ... Visitor from UK     (answer)

  • Jaw Surgery - Treatment for underbite: I am a 21 year old male, who consulted about fixing an underbite at 18. It was cost prohibitive, but I now have an insurance that would cover the surgery and am interested again. I was told that I would need braces for 6 months before and after. I would also like to have veneers done on my top 8 teeth and bottom 8. My question is if I want veneers which cover my teeth, do I need braces for the surgery? ... Visitor from AR     (answer)

  • Arthroscopic surgery - TMJ Pain: For a year and a half, I've had a serious jaw problem. I've seen 6 doctors, two being oral surgeons. One did arthroscopic surgery on my left jaw joint because my disc is too large. He shaved off some of the joint to give the disc more room. The surgery worked for 3 weeks after. Then, the pain returned. I have horrible pain in both the right and left side of my jaw. My doctor knows and says he doesn't know what to do. I can't eat solid food, yawning hurts, and it hurts when I'm not doing anything. Opening my mouth, I get to about 30 mm and it won't go any farther. It's very painful. I'm 16 years old, and don't want to be in pain for life. ... Visitor from WI     (answer)

  • Thin Jaw Bone I had my #17 wisdom tooth extracted. It was impacted. The oral surgeon showed me in pre and post procedure x-rays that the jaw bone where the tooth was removed from is only 5 milimeters thick and has a gap the size of the tooth, and there is a chance of breaking. I'm 40 years old. At my age will the jaw bone rejuvanate and fill the open gap area? I lead a rather physical life style (karate). ... Visitor from IL     (answer)

  • Jaw Surgery without Braces? I am 23 years of age and I have fairly good teeth. The only problem that bothers me (I have two crooked bottom teeth that does not trouble me) is my extreme overbite. I was about 16 when my dentist told me about the corrective Jaw Surgery and how my lower jaw recedes too much just for braces. My question is since my overbite goes beyond braces can I just get the jaw surgery without braces? My concern is only my receding jaw and not my crooked teeth. My results do not have to be perfect either, just "good enough." ... Visitor from CA     (answer)

  • I got into a fight and I got my mouth wired. After the wires were taken out my jaw is still not normal. My back teeth are normal but the front have like an overbite. What should I do to fix this problem. ... Visitor from NY     (answer)

  • I had jaw surgery 20 years ago and had the joints shaved down so there would be smoother movement. I had such excruciating pain the only thing that would help was morphine. When I had the surgery I was vomiting for 18 hours straight and my jaw healed improperly. I could only open my mouth approximately 1 inch. After considerable therapy I could open it again. But now after all these years, the pain is back with a vengeance. Could you help me with what I could do? Do I need more surgery? My doctor wants to put me on clonazepam for the rest of my life ... Visitor from British Columbia Canada     (answer)

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