Thursday, August 19, 2010
The Waiting Game
That's what getting an implant should be called...the waiting game. It takes forever. First they pull the remaining vestiges of your old tooth. Then there is the bone graft with time for it to take. Next there is the implant surgery itself. More time for it to heal. Next exposing the graft and a temporary cap is put on. More waiting for healing. The next step will be another fitting for the crown. Then the waiting for the crown to come back from the lab. After that the fitting, etc..... None of the above steps included all the times I had to go down there to have the pontic (fake tooth that is affixed to the teeth on each side of it) put back on because one wrong bite and it would pop off.
Today, I had the implant exposed and a temporary cap put on. I'm going to the dental school at UAB in Birmingham. It is a learning school which is good because the process is cheaper....and bad because they are learning, ie...slow. Nice people, good school, excellent dental work...just slow. Today, I laid practically upside down from 1:45 to 6 pm.