September 7, 2019

It's been a long road to make it to the one year mark after major jaw surgery to treat sleep apnea, but I'm happy to report that I made it through the hardest part of this journey.   This post will consolidate my experience of the healing process from months 6-12...

May 7, 2019

It's been 6 months since having maxillary and mandibular advancement with palatal expansion surgery to treat sleep apnea.  It's been a long journey with many appointments, but I can say that I've really started to see some positive changes. 

The most impressive of...

March 22, 2019

I've now had 4 months of recovery after maxillary and mandibular advancement surgery to treat sleep apnea.  I'm still dealing with a number of residual issues but am slowly seeing improvements as well. 

My active orthodontic treatment using Invisalign has resumed....

July 10, 2018

It's been 8 weeks since I underwent maxillary and mandibular advancement surgery to treat sleep apnea.  Although the initial healing was complete after only a few weeks, there are still ongoing issues to contend with as the tissues undergo further remodeling....

May 2, 2018

Three months after undergoing upper and lower jaw surgery to treat sleep apnea, and I'm finally starting to feel a bit more like myself.  My recent gum graft healed fairly quickly and I should be able to share some photos of that soon.  The jaw pain is slowly improving...

February 1, 2018

Prepping my grill:  A week prior to surgery I had to go back to my orthodontist and turn in my old invisalign retainers for new ones.  These had cut-out areas for buttons which were going to help hold the upper splint into place and would also help to hold rubber bands...

January 31, 2018

Jaw surgery (called orthognathic surgery) is no small endeavor.  Especially double jaw surgery (upper and lower jaws being moved concurrently).  There are many risks and the recovery can be intense with risk of permanent nerve damage, significant post-operative swellin...

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As a periodontist, I went to 3 extra years of training after dental school to specialize in treating periodintitis, a condition affecting the bone and gums around teeth.  I learned so much about disease and surgery, but suprisingly little about nutrition and health, and how best to support your body as you recover from surgery.  Due to my own personal journey through IBS and major back surgeries, I have since become slightly obsessed about these topics, listening to literally thousands hours of health podcasts, going to health conferences, and reading many books on the topic.  I have found that many of my patients are also starving for this information, but don't know where to start.  I hope this can be the place!

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