Surgery that I wasn’t looking forward to – UPDATES
(Previous title: “That thing I’m not looking forward to happens tomorrow”)
8:00 am Friday, they’ll be removing one of my front teeth, cutting away the gums, carving out some degraded bone, assessing level of embedded infection, and grafting in some bone from some unfortunate critter. Afterward, I’ll have a nonfunctional “cosmetic” fake tooth supported by fitted plastic. (Not entirely cosmetic; it will allow me to talk normally)
In a few months, if all goes well, a titanium anchor, then some time after that, a new, functional tooth.
This may be an echo of the accident I had 6 years ago. Broke 4 teeth at the time, plus my scapula and generally bloodied and unconscious. Regained consciousness in the ER.
Insurance won’t cover anesthesia; that $500 is on me. I’m sorry, but I just can’t face this with local. I have a serious case of the jitters.
It isn’t really anesthesia; it’s “twilight sedation”. The milk of amnesia.
- Diane keeps saying; “Your face is so swollen! It’s more swollen than before!” I love you too, dear.
- Bone invasion was much more extensive than they thought, reaching farther up toward the nose and also back into the palate. They wound up putting in more bone than expected and we’re looking at 6 months instead of 3 before we can see about putting in an anchor implant.
- Some things don’t add up and it’s worrisome. Doctor said symptoms didn’t mesh with what they found and he isn’t sure what that was, so he is sending it to a University of Kentucky lab for identification. He’s been doing this long enough to have seen everything so it’s like he didn’t want to say what he thought it was.
- Next time doctor says “something for pain” I should make them specify. Stronger is better.
- DAY TWO: Pain abated, swelling quite extraordinary. Consistent with other surgeries I have had, but on my face. Trying to figure out how to remove/reinsert the prosthesis.