I got great news at the doctor yesterday. We are ready to move forward to the final procedure for the permanent bridge of teeth! I am crazy excited about it. It is going to be a somewhat long(ish) process, with a series of 5 appointments, each appointment with something different happening. I didnt quite follow it all, but of course I will blog about it as it all goes by. The thing I did catch was first they have to remove my bridge of teeth to make an impression that will be sent to the lab (scared about that and wonder if it's going to hurt- I've always been under anesthesia when they did that). Then they make a metal framework for the base of the new bridge of teeth and send it back. Then I guess I go back in and they have to fit it in there and "tweak" it to see what all needs to be done to make it a perfect fit. It has to be perfect, because your bite and everything have to match up just so. So I guess that will take some time as well, and then they send it back and they attach the bridge to the metal framwork, and then put it all in. I feel like I am leaving something out though...hmmm.
I did make a joke that I felt like a European car and all my parts had to be ordered. My doctor said "it costs about just as much." Scary thought, that.
Well anyhoo, I am excited like I said...this bridge has been creaking a lot when I chew on the left and its very nerve wracking. I will definitely have to stick to softer foods, as it would be my biggest nightmare for it to snap or something and me be stuck with no teeth again! I can chew meats and things but when I take too big of a bite of meat and chew on the left I hear it get creaky. Also the final bridge wont have that huge gap on the right side so I wont have to worry about chunks of food going under there. That has been the biggest pain ever- although the Super Floss is working pretty well for that.
They also briefly discussed what they are going to do about the indentation between my chin/underside of my face...it sticks out and it looks very odd and "pointed" from the side, I am so self conscious of it...they passed on using fat from my backside because they said my body would just re-absorb it. What it sounds like is I have an option in terms of different "fillers" but none of them permanent. One of my doctors said he was going to do some research on some more permanent ideas and see what they come up with. Of course first priority is getting this final bridge in, and working before we worry about the other.
So begins (hopefully) the last leg of my journey. Wish me luck! And of course I'll keep you posted with losts of pictures for the curious. :)