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Jaw Surgery for Overbite
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Jaw Surgery for Overbite

I have been told by my dentist that the only way to stop using a night bite guard for grinding teeth is to have jaw sugery to realign the bones.  The problem is through my insurance (still on my mother's due to still being in school) I have maxed out my lifetime orthodotic money and the surgery would be expensive.  

I have an overbite that reappeared after the second set of braces came off in grade 8 (had work done since I was 6 years and now 20).  My teeth don't align together properly because of two molars (the 12 year ones) that sit together on a point and does cause clenching and very tight jaw muscles.  I don't have any popping or crackling so I believe I don't have any TMJ problems and all of it is coming from the misaligned teeth.  

My orthotodist wanted to put a third set of braces on in grade 10 when the overbite came back but I declined.  When I had to have my wisdom teeth removed (all 4 decided to try and come out above my gum line on the side of head) the oral/maximallary dentist/surgery person told me that braces would have no affect and that the only way to fix it would be through surgery.

My question is, will I harm my jaw muscles if I wait 5-10 years until I'm done school to have the surgery or should it be something I should be looking into sooner than that?
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Your question is too specific and I cannot provide a reasonable answer due to the complexity of the problem.  I would have to do a clinical exam and review the molds of your teeth as well as radiographs and tracings to do an analysis.

I suggest you get two separate opinions from Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons who routinely perform these procedures.

Information contained within this reply is intended solely for general educational purposes and is not intended nor implied to be a medical diagnosis or treatment recommendation.  This is not a substitute for professional medical advice relative to your specific medical condition or question. Always seek the advice of your own doctor for medical condition. Only your doctor can provide specific diagnoses and therapies.
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