Monday, March 2, 2015

2014 and 2015 Update!

Um, yeah, so babies really take your attention away from your blog about teeth etc. Sorry!Anyway, everything is still great and there are no problems with my teeth or jaw. I am STILL not totally used to my face and the way it moves. Like, I used to be able to see my top teeth when I had "resting bitch face", lol. Now, I do not. But oh well. My smile looks a bajillion times better. I guess that is the trade off.

 

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  2. Hi, I saw in your first ever post you had degenerative arthritis - did you have condylar resorption at all too? Has the surgery helped your tmjs or do you still experience pain and/or degeneration? Thanks x

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  3. Sorry - just got up to your 2011 update where some of my questions have been answered :)
    My problem is as part of the severe arthritis I have condylar resorption. This gives me a real dilemma: any lower jaw lengthening surgery to correct my retruding jaw has a very high chance of relapsing if it reactivates the degeneration/resorption.

    So my question now is: would you have gone through with the surgery (in my case lower jaw and idk about genio) if you knew you had a 50/50 chance of relapse?

    its basically my last option before jaw replacements (super last resort) and I really dont know what to do! Is the risk worth it - surgery, recovery, costs?

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    1. Hi Bianca - I had a disc slip into my joint and so had arthrocentesis (or whatever it's called when you spell it correctly). I don't think I had condylar resorption. I can't really say what you should do, other than get a few opinions and ask your care providers about any "disclosures" they may have (i.e. are they benefitting in any way by referring you to a surgeon for instance) - take a look here for more details: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/PSG-Conflict-of-Interest.pdf

      Most physicians will answer this question with care and consideration. If they do not, I would be concerned. Basically, you have the right to know if they have your best interests in mind. So go ahead and ask. If all goes well and you still aren't sure, perhaps spend some time researching the factors that influence relapse, and how to prevent it if possible. I'm sure there are some good studies out there. Read them carefully and check who their population was (young adults? Middle aged?), how often they received care, what the methods were, etc etc etc. Get a sciency person to help you if you don't get your kicks reading journals. :) Good luck!

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