Featured

TMJ struggles. 

This is the post excerpt.

Advertisements

About 10 months ago I started my journey towards a bilateral TMJ total joint replacement and lefort 1 surgery. I’m only 25 years old and finding out I was going to have a total joint replacement was a lot to take in. I had just gotten married, I was in the process of building a house. I was in complete shock when a orthodontist saw my X-rays and told me I had degenerative joint disease in my jaw.  I had a hard time finding other blogs I could relate to so I wanted to document some of my experience with hope that it may help someone else in the future! 

Leading up to the “big day”

There was about ten months between getting brace out on and my surgery. braces at 24 was never part of my “plan” especially when I already look like a 12 year old. I was blessed with Asian genes so I’m 4’11, roughly 97 pounds and have always looked young. Braces haven’t been horrible. Of course they’re not any fun and painful at times but I always looked st the bigger picture. Thinking of how one day I might be able to eat a burger without cutting it up or maybe even eat popcorn again! With the deterioration I had it made it so basically none of my teeth touched except my back molars. I had been on a soft food diet for about a year at this point. Leading up to surgery it was basically just straightening my teeth and the occasional visit to my oral surgeon to see what had changed. Once my teeth were ready we set the date. May 10th 2017, I knew it would take three months for TMJ concepts to make my new joints so we did the molds, CT scan etc. then the waiting game. One tip I have before your surgery- fill your prescriptions before you will not be any shape to leave the house for Atleast a week after surgery hah. 

From the beginning. 

As I mentioned in my short I tried post I started this journey a little under a year ago. In reality I noticed around summer 2015 I was having a lot of jaw pain. It started affect my quality of life and I wanted to find a solution.  I went to my dentist complaining of the pain and when she saw my X-rays she became concerned and sent me to a oral surgeon.  

As you can see in my X-ray my TMJ joint has significant degeneration especially on the right side it was basically gone to nothing and the left slowly following suit causing me a lot of pain. The oral surgeon basically told me the only option I would have is a total joint replacement… now when he said that I couldn’t even process it. I’m thinking to myself- I’m 24, I just got married and I’m building a house. Talk about horrible timing! It was a lot to take in. My husband and I live in Texas away from our immediate family so our support team was us aswell as a aunt and uncle close by. Talk about stress. Then we had to figure out insurance which will be a whole post on its own because that was a roller coaster of emotion as well. Anyways, after deciding total joint replacement was my only option it was off to a orthotondist to help straighten my teeth and prep for the surgery because it’d I’m going to have a 200k+ surgery I might as well have a beautiful smile to go along with it…