My Old Face

Minnesota (July 2013) 111

The face I have now is about to be my old face. I have an underbite – it doesn’t bother me much, but that’s because I’m used to it. Since being with Jen, I realize I don’t eat like a normal person; I use my tongue and lips when normal people would just use their teeth. There are quite a few dental/medical reasons, but the bottom line is I’m having jaw surgery.

Here are the facts since you probably want to know. The doctors are going to cut my jaw in 3 spots. They will cut my upper jaw off and split it in half to widen it. Then re-attach it just a little bit further ahead of where it was. My lower jaw will also be broken and straightened up a bit. Then some of the bone they cut off will be applied to my lower gum line where I don’t have 2 teeth so I can get implants later. That’s it!

So my top jaw is moving forward a bit, and my lower jaw is getting straightened up. Primary affects will be I will eat like a normal person, my teeth will come together and my teeth will wear more normally so overall dental health will be better. Side affects are I will breath better and be “more aesthetically pleasing” with more defined cheeks.

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Surgery is scheduled for the morning of Tuesday, September 17th. Surgery should last around 6 hours and I’ll stay in the hospital for a day or 2. After that my head will swell and the swelling won’t start decreasing until about 2 weeks later. I will be on a liquid diet for 6 weeks. If everything goes okay, I will not be wired shut. I will be off work for 3-4 weeks.

This is something I’ve had hanging over my head for years, so it will be nice to have it all done. I can’t imagine going through this without Jen. She has taken care of me so much already (and I’m not even on my liquid diet yet!). She’s the most caring person in the world!

– Nate

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