Ok just got back from my 'first' consultation with the oral surgeon today. I'm pretty frustrated for a couple reasons. Number one being that he really didn't tell me anything I didn't already know or find out from talking with the orthodontist. He looked in my mouth a few times, wrote a few things down and that was about it. He said if I were to get surgery it would be upper jaw surgery and he said that my face wasn't totally aligned right and they might make an adjustment there as well. Apparently my jaw is slightly to the left of where it should be. They upper jaw surgery would entail removing some bone just about the teeth and then advancing the upper jaw forward slightly.
I couldn't really see but it looked like he had a lot of the information from the orthodontist already, but apparently not enough. He said he needed to have all of the models and molding of the teeth that made. One of the other things I'm frustrated at is actually at myself for not bringing the night guard. I brought it to my dentist appointment and to the orthodontist and they didn't need it at either place for any reason but he wants to know if perhaps the night guard is actually causing the problem in the first place. He asked me to bring that and older pictures of myself to build a timeline so that he could see when it started to happen and if the night guard is the problem since I just started wearing it 3-4 years ago.
I asked about the wisdom teeth then and if I could schedule that at least and he said to wait because right now those are the only teeth that are touching for me. I told him about the jaw pain after sleeping and how it seems to be getting worse and he didn't really respond. So he ended with "This is just the beginning this meeting right here." He went on to say he'd see me in a month after reviewing everything and speaking with the orthodontist. Then he asked me if I scheduled the appointment for the braces and I said no they told me to wait until I saw you to get the go ahead and I've been waiting over a month for just this meeting. Then he said to hold off on scheduling anything with them and that he would get me in again within 2 weeks to get things moving.
So I guess I'm just disappointed at the lack of new information. Ever since I got the night guard it never really felt right in my mouth but I just assumed that's how it was supposed to be, awkward. I'm about to start doing some searches to see if anyone else has had any similar problems. I guess I'll be posting again on or before November 15th when my 'second' consultation is with the oral surgeon and hopefully I'll get alll of the next steps, pricing, insurance coverage or not etc. Oh one last nice thing was my insurance said I'd have to pay a $25 copay and they didn't ask me to pay anything so I don't know if that will happen next time or not but at least that worked out.
Thanks for reading,