Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Oh How I Suffered.......

This is the Big Guy and myself, standing in a beautiful shaded driveway at the beginning of the summer, looking like the quintissential married couple........healthy........happy........in love. If you didn't know better, you would think that everything in our lives was absolutely perfect.

But, the truth of the matter is, we have a dirty little secret. Yes, my friends, there is something about us that is not quite up to snuff. Actually, the Big Guy has always wanted me to get a little work done since he met me and thought we should go ahead with it before our trip to Asia this year. It's true, he has always wanted me to get.........

to get.........

to get IMPLANTS!


DENTAL IMPLANTS, that is!

You see, I have a rare and unusual issue with my teeth. For some strange and unknown reason, two of my original baby teeth never fell out. That means that I have two TINY little teeth positioned at the very front of my mouth which are deteriorating rapidly and will eventually fall out. They are extremely fragile and over the years have begun to blacken. I worry daily that I will bite into a crusty bread while having a luncheon with important business associates and suddenly find myself toothless in front of them. I imagine my little tooth flying across the table and hitting the Walmart buyer directly in the forehead before gently landing in his glass of wine. It's a recurring nightmare that I can no longer live with sooooo......

We decided it was time to do something before my nightmare became a reality.

Together we trecked off to Vancouver to meet with a dental implant specialist......


and after many tests, xrays and 3D imaging of my jaw.....

it was decided that I was a good candidate for the operation. Special implants would have to be ordered from Germany to fit my extremely small bone structure but.......

I was going to get BRAND NEW TEETH! How exciting it all was.......

But someone forget to mention that there may be a slight amount of pain involved in the operation. They mention offhandedly the possibility that the implant would be rejected but that it was VERY RARE! I was going to be just fine......

Well, here we are, my blogger peeps, 2 months later, numerous rounds of antibiotics later, dental surgery and bone grafts, bottles and bottles of anti-inflammatory medication and endless sleepless nights filled with pain and tears have passed. I turned out to be the one in a thousand patients who has not achieved a succesful result.
I know, this is not a pretty sight! But, I wanted to make sure that you could feel my extreme pain so that you would send me your deepest sympathies for my failed implant procedure!

Let me tell you, I have LEARNED MY LESSON! No surgery is risk free. I may have joked to my kids that I wouldn't mind having a little nip and tuck to smooth out my laugh lines or tighten up my saggy chin in the past. I am a CHANGED WOMAN. No knife will ever touch this lady again unless absolutely necessary. You have my word on that.

By the way, I am scheduled to have this whole mess fixed back up in a few months once my face heals up........but I'm scared to death. I have a mind to go toothless for the rest of my life. You think the Walmart buyer will notice?


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13 Responses to “Oh How I Suffered.......”

Linda said...

Ouch is all I can say!
Hope you heal fast and no more pain is in your future. I hate the dentist.

Claudia said...

So sorry for all the pain and trauma you've been through. Hopefully, all will be fixed soon.

Another reason I avoid the dentist office!

xo
Claudia

Becca's Dirt said...

I can feel your pain sweetie. How awful for you. I absolutely hate the dentist to the point that I have avoided them for a couple of years now. Yes I do need to go but...

Lori E said...

I had one baby tooth that stayed forever then one day the dentist just popped it out saying there wasn't even a root any more.
One of my nephews has mostly baby teeth and he is in his 40's.
I guess you have been eating a lot of soup.

Evelyn in Canada said...

Ew - a little warning before the graphic content, please! But that's too bad. I had a baby teeth until my mid-20s when the root finally disappeared (the adult matching tooth is laying sideways in the roof of my mouth, never to erupt the surface). My resulting implant has been great and I never even suspected that there could have been problems like yours. What's the plan now? A bridge? Your smile is still beautiful, BTW. I'm sure the Walmart buyer won't notice.

Nancy-Mom said...

Ouch, that does look nasty. Must be a family problem as Lindsey had some similar kind of issue a few years back as well. Not nice, hope it heals soon.

Nancy-Mom said...

Oh, just remembered, Alex still has his front babyteeth as well, yep, definitely a family thing :-(

Rosa said...

Okay, my stomach is feeling very queasy right now!
It brings back memories of the skating accident when we were kids.
The big boys on the bus kept asking me to show them my teeth and gums. . .
Aren't boys strange??
Love Rosa

momofcrt said...

Oh that looks nasty Tamara. I hope it heals soon for you. The risk of surgery scares me as well, but I'm going under the knife on Monday for a long overdue corrective surgery, you can check my blog for that info.
marie

Anonymous said...

ooh, if i could hug you, i would. so, consider yourself hugged. right before i managed to break my wrist - apologies for the typing - my dentist suggested i have implants and when i asked the BIG question..she tossed off "oh, anywhere between 15-20 THOUSAND dollars" and then gave me the stats you mentioned about rejection (so very rare. heh)I'm so sorry this has hurt you so much with awful results. take care xoxo the fan

GeorgiaPeachez said...

I'm cringing just reading this. I think they would have to put me into a coma and wake me up when it was all over and healed. I hope you are feeling better by now. xo, suzy

Becky K. said...

I also learned the hard way about the risks of surgery when having a hysterectomy nearly killed me.

I am so sorry for the pain and disruption this must have been.
Hope you are able to get it resolved soon enough.

Becky K.

SILVIA said...

hi there just came across your blog..and omg do i feel for you, i hope you feel better soon, it sure looks painful, i think any surgery its terrible..heal fast, soon!!.

love silvia