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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Day in Detroit

Today we traveled back to Detroit to meet with the oral surgeon.  He wants an orthodontist to place an expansion appliance in Adan's mouth and then come back for surgery.  He will then surgically cut Adan's upper jaw and other places in his upper mouth to fit the expansion to where it needs to be and then crank the expansion to start separating his upper jaw.  For those of you who do not know, Adan is missing the center of his upper jaw.  His front teeth are missing and so his incisors are actually touching each other right underneath his nose where the hole has come together.  I am hoping you can see by the picture of his xray above how his teeth and inner mouth currently look.  It will take about a month for his mouth to expand to the correct size.  After that they will take the expander out and then do a bone graph from his hip and connect the hole that would now be enlarged.    All I know is that this is going to be one painful time period for him.  He is recovering well from his tonsilectomy but can not wait for pizza :-)  Bummer is that I am sure he will be back to soft foods again soon and for a much longer time next time.