and frankly, I'm terrified. The first date for my jaw/facial surgery has been set. It goes like this:
January 20, 2010 - Sliding Genioplasty (chin job) with Mandibular Bone Graft (aka, excess bone implanted into my lower jaw). General Anesthesia. Outpatient. Off work 1-2 weeks.
May 2010 - Dental implants screws implanted into lower jaw. Outpatient.
Sept 2010 - Porcelin bridge screwed into implant ridge.
January 2011 - BSSO (Bilateral Sagital Split Osteomy) aka the major jaw surgery! Inpatient for 5-6 days.
I know that I have no further options for dental care. I need to summon my courage and move forward, but I'm terrified.
(For those that don't know I have a genetic mutation resulting in the lost of formation of many teeth as well as jaw deformaties. I don't look crazy if you see me on the street, but if you delve deeper, you will realize something is very wrong with my teeth/jaw)
Oh and did I mention that my out of pocket for all this is $20,000? Thank goodness the jaw surgeries and bone grafts are covered!