Introduction

For most of my first 24 years, I had only been able to eat on one side of my mouth. While this didn’t cause too many problems initially, within the last few years it led to my jaw rather painfully popping and locking up. Over the winter of 2002, I was clinically diagnosed with an asymmetrical jaw. To correct this, I had 8 months of orthodontics to position my teeth for after my surgery, followed by a Sagittal Split Osteotomy to raise the left side of my jaw even with my right side and to bring my lower jaw forward, and a Le Fort I Maxillary Osteotomy to close up my overbite. After the surgery on May 19, 2004 (and a subsequent unplanned surgery on June 2, 2004), I had another 8 months of orthodontics to make sure my teeth were lined up properly.

When I was doing my research, I was astounded at the lack of web resources for my condition, and I decided to create this webpage to help towards filling that apparent void, at least in terms of personal accounts. One of the most interesting sites to me was a page (since taken down) that chronicled someone else’s experience with one of the same surgeries I had. It made me feel better that I was not the only person undergoing this process, and also helped prepare myself better for my own treatment by learning from what he had already gone through. I hope to provide that same camaraderie through this site, as well as use it as a place to organize my thoughts and resources concerning my treatment. Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor, and what I’ve written about here should only be used for informational purposes, and certainly not to diagnose or treat similar symptoms. If you have any comments, questions, or otherwise, please feel free to email me (even if I haven’t posted in months, this email address will still be active for as long as this page is up).

January 21, 2006. Uncategorized. No Comments.

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